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Arch Esp Urol. 2016 Oct;69(8):601-606.

Update in urethral stents.

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Department of Urology. Bnai-Zion Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine, Technion. Hafia. Israel.
Department of Urology. Dr. Suat Seren Chest Diseases and Surgery Teaching and Research Hospital. Izmir. Turkey.


Urethral stents were first introduced in 1988, and since then, they have undergone significant improvements. However, they did not gain a wide popularity and their use is limited to a small number of centers around the world. Urethral stents can be used in the entire urethra and for various and diverse indications. In the anterior urethra, it can be used to treat urethral strictures. In the prostatic urethra, they can be used for the treatment of prostatic obstruction, including benign, malignant and iatrogenic prostatic obstruction. Moreover, although not widely used, it can be also applied for the treatment of posterior urethral stricture and bladder neck contracture, usually resulting in urinary incontinence and the need for subsequent procedures. Our main experience are with Allium urethral stents, and as such, we provide the latest updates in urethral stents with special emphasis on the various types of Allium urethral stents: bulbar, prostatic and bladder neck stents.

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