Imaging in children with unilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction: time to reduce investigations?

Imaging in children with unilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction: time to reduce... The objective of the study was the development of an abridged risk-stratified imaging algorithm for the management of children with unilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). Data on timing, frequency and duration of diagnostic imaging in children with unilateral UPJO was extracted retrospectively. Based on these findings, an abridged imaging algorithm was developed without changing the intended management by the clinicians and the outcome of the individual patient. The potential reduction of imaging studies was analysed and stratified by risk and management groups. The reduction in imaging studies, seen for ultrasound (US) and functional imaging (FI), was 45% each. On average, this is equivalent to 3 US and 1 FI studies less for every patient within the study period. The change was more pronounced in the low-risk groups. Progression of UPJO never occurred after 2 years of age and all secondary surgeries were carried out until the age of 3. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Pediatrics Springer Journals

Imaging in children with unilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction: time to reduce investigations?

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Pediatrics
ISSN
0340-6199
eISSN
1432-1076
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00431-017-2966-0
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Abstract

The objective of the study was the development of an abridged risk-stratified imaging algorithm for the management of children with unilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). Data on timing, frequency and duration of diagnostic imaging in children with unilateral UPJO was extracted retrospectively. Based on these findings, an abridged imaging algorithm was developed without changing the intended management by the clinicians and the outcome of the individual patient. The potential reduction of imaging studies was analysed and stratified by risk and management groups. The reduction in imaging studies, seen for ultrasound (US) and functional imaging (FI), was 45% each. On average, this is equivalent to 3 US and 1 FI studies less for every patient within the study period. The change was more pronounced in the low-risk groups. Progression of UPJO never occurred after 2 years of age and all secondary surgeries were carried out until the age of 3.

Journal

European Journal of PediatricsSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 15, 2017

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