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Contemporary management of male anterior urethral strictures by reconstructive urology experts : results from an international survey among ESGURS members

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Assessment of anterior urethral stricture (US) management of European urology experts is relevant to evaluate the quality of care given to the patients and plan future educational interventions. We assessed the practice patterns of the management of adult male anterior US among reconstructive urology experts from European countries. A 23-question online survey was conducted among European Association of Urology Section of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons (ESGURS) members. A total of 88 invitations were sent by email at two different times (May and October 2019). Data were prospectively collected from May 2019 to December 2019. The response rate was 55.6%. Most of the responders were between 50 and 59 y.o. and mainly from University Public Teaching/Academic Hospitals. A total of 73.5% treated >= 20 patients/year with US. Retrograde urethrogram (RUG) was the commonest diagnostic tool, followed by uroflowmetry (UF) +/- post-void residual (PVR). Urethroplasty using grafts was the most frequent treatment (91.8%). Of responders, 55.3% performed >20 urethroplasties/year. Anastomotic urethroplasties were performed by 83.7%, skin flap repairs by 61.2%, perineal urethrostomy by 77.6% and non-transecting techniques by 63.3%. UF was the most common follow-up tool. Most of the responders considered urethroplasty as the primary option when indicated. Male anterior US among ESGURS members are treated mainly using urethroplasty graft procedures. RUG is preferred for diagnosis, and UF for follow-up.
ISSN: 2077-0383
Issue: 9
Volume: 11
Publication year:2022