Optimal length of follow-up for the detection of unsuccessful pediatric pyeloplasty: A single-center experience

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  • © 2017 Bansal, Dangle, Stephany, Durrani, Cannon, Schneck and Ost. Objectives: To assess the optimal length of follow-up for patients undergoing both open and minimally invasive pyeloplasties to ensure prompt detection of a recurrent obstruction. There are no standard guidelines on ideal follow-up and imaging post-pediatric pyeloplasty currently. Methods: A retrospective chart review identified 264 patients (<18 years old) who underwent pyeloplasty for ureteropelvic junction obstruction between April 2002 and December 2014. Ultrasound was obtained every 3-4 months for the first year following pyeloplasty and thereafter at discretion of treating physician. Patient characteristics including symptoms and imaging were reviewed. results: Of the 264 patients, 72% were male with mean age of 51 months and followup of 26.8 months. Approximately 73% followed up to 3 years. Fourteen patients (5.3%) had a recurrent obstruction. Among the failures, 85% were diagnosed and underwent successful redo pyeloplasty within 3 years. Six infants had a recurrence (43% of all unsuccessful surgeries) and were diagnosed within 3 years of the initial surgery. Patients undergoing a minimally invasive procedure were less likely to be followed for more than 3 years compared to an open procedure (p < 0.001). Patients with severe hydronephrosis preoperatively were followed longer (p = 0.031). Age at surgery and type of surgical approach (p < 0.01) were significant predictors of length of follow-up in a negative binomial regression. conclusion: Based on the results, a minimum of 3 years of follow-up is necessary to detect the majority of recurrent obstructions. Those patients who have higher than average lengths of follow-up tend to be younger and/or underwent an open surgical approach.
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  • 18951294
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  • Bansal UK; Dangle PP; Stephany H; Durrani A; Cannon G; Schneck FX; Ost MC
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  • 5