Removal of Small, Asymptomatic Kidney Stones and Incidence of Relapse

Removal of Small, Asymptomatic Kidney Stones and Incidence of Relapse

Abstract Background The benefits of removing small (≤6 mm), asymptomatic kidney stones endoscopically is unknown. Current guidelines leave such decisions to the urologist and the patient. A prospective study involving older, nonendoscopic technology and some retrospective studies favor observation. However, published data indicate that about half of small renal stones left in place at the …

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