Combined antegrade and retrograde ureteral stenting: the rendezvous technique
Macrì, A.; Magno, C.; Certo, A.; Basile, A.; Scuderi, G.; Crescenti, F.; Famulari, C.
Clinical Radiology 60(2): 257-260
ISSN/ISBN: 0009-9260 PMID: 15664581 DOI: 10.1016/j.crad.2004.06.008
Ureteral stenting is a routine procedure in endourology. To increase the success rate in difficult cases, it may be helpful to use the rendezvous technique, a combined antegrade and retrograde approach. We performed 16 urological rendezvous in 11 patients with ureteral strictures or urologic lesions. The combined approach was successful in all patients, without morbidity or mortality. In our experience the rendezvous technique increased the success rate of antegrade ureteral stenting from 78.6 to 88.09% (p > 0.05). This procedure is a valid option in case of failure of conventional ureteral stenting.