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1.  Predictive Factors of Gleason Score Upgrading in Localized and Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer Diagnosed by Prostate Biopsy 
Korean Journal of Urology  2010;51(10):677-682.
The Gleason score (GS) is an important factor that is considered when making decisions about prostate cancer and its prognosis. However, upgrading of the GS can occur between transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) biopsy and radical prostatectomy. This study analyzed the clinical factors predictive of upgrading of the GS after radical prostatectomy compared with that at the time of TRUS biopsy.
Materials and Methods
We analyzed the medical records of 107 patients who had undergone radical prostatectomy. Patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 consisted of patients in whom the GS was not upgraded, and group 2 consisted of patients in whom the GS was upgraded. Associations between preoperative clinical factors and upgrading of the GS were analyzed. Preoperative clinical factors included age, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), prostate volume, PSA density, GS of TRUS biopsy, maximum core percentage of cancer, percentage of positive cores, number of biopsies, location of positive core with maximum GS, high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neplasia (HGPIN), inflammation on biopsy, and clinical stage.
Among 85 patients, 42 (49%) patients had an upgraded GS after operation. TRUS biopsy core number of 12 or fewer (p=0.029) and prostate volume of 36.5 ml or less (p<0.001) were associated with upgrading of the GS. Preoperative clinical factors associated with nonupgrading of the GS were the detection of positive cores with a maximum GS at the apex (p=0.002) or in a hypoechoic lesion (p=0.002) in TRUS.
If the positive cores with maximum GS are located at the apex or in a hypoechoic lesion in TRUS, we can expect that the GS will not be upgraded. In patients with the clinical predictive factors of a prostate volume of 36.5 ml or less and TRUS biopsy core number of less than 12, we can expect upgrading of the GS after radical prostatectomy, and more aggressive treatment may be needed.
PMCID: PMC2963779  PMID: 21031086
Biopsy; Prostatectomy; Prostatic neoplasms
2.  Initial Experience with Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Cystectomy in Urachal Diseases 
Korean Journal of Urology  2010;51(5):318-322.
In this study, we report our initial experience with robot-assisted laparoscopic partial cystectomy (RLPC) in urachal diseases.
Materials and Methods
Two men and two women with a mean age of 51.5±9.3 years underwent RLPC between June 2009 and December 2009. In each case, a single surgeon using the da Vinci-S robotic system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) used a transperitoneal approach with a 0° robotic camera. After careful observation of the intravesical portion of the mass, the mass was excised by use of monopolar scissors circumferentially. The bladder was closed in two layers with watertight running sutures made with 2-0 Vicryl.
The mean operative time was 198 minutes (range, 130-260 minutes), the mean console time was 111 minutes (range, 70-150 minutes), and the mean estimated blood loss was 155 ml. The urethral catheter was removed on postoperative day 7 after a normal cystogram, and the surgical drain was removed on postoperative day 2.5 (range, 2-3 days). The mean hospital stay was 6 days (range, 4-7 days). There were no major complications. The pathology report revealed that one patient had a urachal cystadenoma, two patients had a urachal cyst, and one patient had a patent urachus.
Our initial experience with RLPC for benign urachal disease is that it is a safe and feasible treatment modality. However, more cases are required to confirm the efficacy of RLPC.
PMCID: PMC2873885  PMID: 20495694
Cystectomy; Laparoscopy; Robotics; Urachus
3.  Castleman's Disease of the Renal Sinus Presenting as a Urothelial Malignancy: A Brief Case Report 
Korean Journal of Pathology  2012;46(5):503-506.
Castleman's disease is a rare benign lymphoproliferative disorder that frequently affects lymph nodes of the mediastinal thorax and the neck. It very rarely affects the renal sinus. We report a case of Castleman's disease arising in the renal sinus in a 64-year-old man. The patient visited the hospital with the chief complaint of hematuria. Abdominal computed tomography revealed a homogeneous mass in the sinus of the left kidney, radiologically interpreted as a malignant urothelial tumor. Subsequently, nephroureterectomy was performed, after which microscopic examination of the specimen revealed a diffuse lymphoproliferative lesion with reactive lymphoid follicles of various sizes and prominent plasma cell infiltration of interfollicular spaces, highlighted by immunohistochemical staining for CD138. The lesion was diagnosed as Castleman's disease of the plasma cell type. Although preoperative diagnosis of Castleman's disease is difficult and the incidence is exceedingly rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of renal sinus tumors.
PMCID: PMC3490114  PMID: 23136580
Giant lymph node hyperplasia; Plasma cell type; Renal sinus; Urothelial malignancy; Kidney
4.  PCR for Diagnosis of Male Trichomonas vaginalis Infection with Chronic Prostatitis and Urethritis 
The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of PCR for diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis infection among male patients with chronic recurrent prostatitis and urethritis. Between June 2001 and December 2003, a total of 33 patients visited the Department of Urology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital and were examined for T. vaginalis infection by PCR and culture in TYM medium. For the PCR, we used primers based on a repetitive sequence cloned from T. vaginalis (TV-E650). Voided bladder urine (VB1 and VB3) was sampled from 33 men with symptoms of lower urinary tract infection (urethral charge, residual urine sensation, and frequency). Culture failed to detect any T. vaginalis infection whereas PCR identified 7 cases of trichomoniasis (21.2%). Five of the 7 cases had been diagnosed with prostatitis and 2 with urethritis. PCR for the 5 prostatitis cases yielded a positive 330 bp band from bothVB1 and VB3, whereas positive results were only obtained from VB1 for the 2 urethritis patients. We showed that the PCR method could detect T. vaginalis when there was only 1 T. vaginalis cell per PCR mixture. Our results strongly support the usefulness of PCR on urine samples for detecting T. vaginalis in chronic prostatitis and urethritis patients.
PMCID: PMC3375456  PMID: 22711929
Trichomonas vaginalis; PCR; prostatitis; urethritis; urine
5.  Effects of Tamsulosin, Solifenacin, and Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Ureteral Stent Related Discomforts 
Korean Journal of Urology  2011;52(7):485-488.
To evaluate the effect of tamsulosin, solifenacin, and combination therapy of two agents in improving the lower urinary tract symptoms of patients with indwelling double-J ureteral stents.
Materials and Methods
A total of 168 patients underwent placement of a double-J ureteral stent after retrograde ureteroscopy for urinary stone disease. All patients received polyurethane double-J ureteral stents (6 Fr, 24 or 26 cm), which were removed a mean of 14 days postoperatively. A total of 48 patients were given no medication (Group 1), 43 patients were given tamsulosin 0.2 mg once daily (Group 2), 45 patients were given solifenacin 5 mg once daily (Group 3), and 32 patients were given a combination of two agents postoperatively (Group 4). International Prostate Symptom Score/quality of life (IPSS/QoL) and visual analogue pain scale (VAPS) questionnaires were completed by each patient at 1 day postoperatively and on the day of stent removal.
In the total group of patients, the mean age was 50.24±12.90 years. There was a significant difference in the IPSS total score between group 1 and groups 3 and 4. Group 4 also differed significantly from group 1 in the irritative subscore. The obstructive subscore differed between groups 2 and 4 and group 1. There was a statistically significant difference between group 1 and group 4 in the QoL score. There were no significant differences in the VAPS.
Combination therapy with tamsulosin and solifenacin improved both irritative and obstructive symptoms more than in the other groups. Combination therapy should be strongly considered for patients who complain of stent-related symptoms.
PMCID: PMC3151637  PMID: 21860770
Pain; Stents; Ureter
6.  Clinical Characteristics of Genitourinary Tuberculosis during a Recent 10-Year Period in One Center 
Korean Journal of Urology  2011;52(3):200-205.
This study was conducted to analyze the clinical characteristics and treatments of patients with genitourinary tuberculosis (GUTB) over the past 10 years.
Materials and Methods
The study population comprised 101 patients who were diagnosed with GUTB and hospitalized from January 2000 to December 2009. Acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear, urine tuberculosis culture, urine tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction (PCR), intravenous urography, cystoscopy, and histopathologic findings were used for patient selection. Yearly proportion, gender, patient distribution according to age, history of tuberculosis, and presence of other organ tuberculosis were analyzed.
The patients hospitalized with GUTB counted for 0.9% of all patients admitted to the department of urology. The sex ratio was 1:1.53 (male:female), and the patients' mean age was 45.57±12.55 years (range, 19-81 years). Among the patients, there was one immunocompromised patient. A total of 22 patients (21.8%) had a medical history of tuberculosis, mostly pulmonary tuberculosis (90.9%). The sensitivity of AFB stain, tuberculosis culture, and PCR was 41.6%, 55.4%, 33.7%, respectively. A total of 54 patients required additional surgical treatment: 30 cases of nephrectomy, 8 cases of epididymectomy, 8 cases of ureteral stent, 5 cases of nephrostomy, 1 case of ureterectomy, 1 case of augmentation cystoplasty, and 1 case of transurethral resection of prostate.
The frequency of GUTB tended to decrease progressively. However, GUTB is still a threat to public health. There was no previous history of tuberculosis in two-thirds of the cases of GUTB and more than half of them required further surgical treatment.
PMCID: PMC3065133  PMID: 21461285
Prevalence; Tuberculosis, urogenital; Urology
7.  The Influence of an Overactive Bladder on Falling: A Study of Females Aged 40 and Older in the Community 
An overactive bladder (OAB) affects a person's quality of life. Patients who suffer from OAB run to the toilet frequently to prevent incontinence, and this behavior increases their risk of falling and fear of falling. This study evaluated the influence of OAB on falls and concern about falling in females aged 40 and over living in urban and rural communities.
We conducted a population-based cohort study using King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ), the Korean version of Falls Efficacy Scale-International (KFES-I) and a questionnaire regarding falls, in females aged 40 and over in Guri city and Yangpyeong county. The data from 514 responders were analyzed. The definition of OAB was 'moderately' or 'a lot' of urgency, or urge incontinence in KHQ. Falls was defined as experience of falls in the last year. High fear of falling was defined as a score of 24 or over in KFES-I. The factors were analyzed by the exact chi-square test and Student's t-test. The multivariate logistic regression model was adopted in order to examine the effects of OAB on falls and concern about falling.
Of the 514 responders, 98 fitted the criterion of OAB. Eighty-nine (17.3%) of the responders had experienced falls in the last year: twenty-seven (27.5%) in the group with OAB and 62 (14.9%) in the group without OAB. There was a significant association between falls and OAB (odds ratio [OR], 1.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.00 to 3.08; P=0.0485), and between high fear of falling and OAB (OR, 2.72; 95% CI, 1.42 to 5.20; P=0.0024).
Urgency and symptoms of urge incontinence increase the risk of falls in women aged 40 or older in the community. Early diagnosis and proper treatment may prevent falls and improve quality of life in OAB patients.
PMCID: PMC3070226  PMID: 21468286
Urinary bladder; Overactive; Urinary incontinence; Urge; Accidental falls
8.  Analysis of Content Legibility for Smartphones of Websites of the Korean Urological Association and Other Urological Societies in Korea 
Korean Journal of Urology  2011;52(2):142-146.
We performed an analysis of the smartphone legibility of the websites of the Korean Urological Association (KUA) and other urological societies.
Materials and Methods
This study was conducted on the websites of the KUA and nine other urological societies. Each website was accessed via iPhone Safari and Android Chrome, respectively, to evaluate the establishment and readability of the mobile web pages. The provision of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds by the websites and whether the websites had Twitter and Facebook accounts were evaluated. In addition, a validation test on the web standards was performed by using the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C®) Markup Validation Service, and subsequently the numbers of errors and warnings that occurred were analyzed.
When accessed via Safari, two websites were legible, four were somewhat legible, and four were somewhat illegible. When accessed via Chrome, two websites were legible, six were somewhat legible, and two were somewhat illegible. One website provided an RSS feed and two websites managed members via separate Twitter accounts. No website supported mobile web pages. The result of the W3C® Markup Validation test on 10 websites showed a mean error rate of 221.6 (range, 13-1,477) and a mean warning rate of 127.13 (range, 0-655).
The smartphone legibility level of the websites of urological societies was relatively low. Improved smartphone legibility and web standard compliance of the websites of urological societies are required to keep up with the popularity of smartphones.
PMCID: PMC3045721  PMID: 21379433
Internet; Korea; Urology; Webcasts
9.  Initial Experience with Laparoendoscopic Single-Site Surgery by Use of a Homemade Transumbilical Port in Urology 
Korean Journal of Urology  2010;51(9):613-618.
We present our initial experience with laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) by a single surgeon in the urologic field.
Materials and Methods
From May 2009 to April 2010, 30 consecutive patients underwent LESS including seven cases of nephrectomy, five cases of nephroureterectomy with bladder cuff excision, four cases of ureterolithotomy, eight cases of marsupialization, and six cases of varicocelectomy. We performed a retrospective analysis of the medical records of the above patients. The single port was made with a surgical glove and an Alexis® wound retractor (Applied Medical, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA). The wound retractor was put into the peritoneal space through an umbilical incision, and a laparoscopic triangle was secured by crossing both instruments. All operations were performed by the transperitoneal approach.
Mean patient age was 54.8 years. Mean operative time was 171.2±109.1 minutes. Mean estimated blood loss was 265.0±395.5 ml. Mean incision length was 3.2±1.4 cm. Mean length of hospitalization was 5.2±2.9 days. There was one laparoscopic conversion and two open conversions. There were two cases of transient ileus that improved with conservative treatment. Mean visual analogue pain scales on the operative day and first postoperative day were 6.3/10 and 3.1/10, respectively.
In our experience, LESS for urologic surgery is feasible, safe, and clinically applicable. We consider the homemade single-port device to be a relatively cost-effective and convenient device. If surgical instruments for LESS and appropriate ports specified for LESS are developed, LESS would be a surgical treatment technique that could be used as an alternative to the conventional types of laparoscopic surgery.
PMCID: PMC2941809  PMID: 20856645
Instrumentation; Laparoscopy; Surgical gloves; Urology
10.  Efficacy and Safety of Tadalafil 5 mg Administered Once Daily in Korean Men with Erectile Dysfunction: A Prospective, Multicenter Study 
Korean Journal of Urology  2010;51(9):647-652.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a daily dose of tadalafil 5 mg as well as its safety for the cardiovascular system in men with erectile dysfunction.
Materials and Methods
This study included a total of 162 men who were administered a daily dose of tadalafil 5 mg between April and December of 2009. A total of 127 men completed the 8-week clinical trial. The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-5, blood pressure, and heart rate were measured before treatment with tadalafil (V1) and 4 (V2) and 8 weeks (V3) after treatment with tadalafil. Adverse effects were assessed at V1, V2, and V3. In cases in which the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) was ≥8 at V1, maximal flow rate (Qmax) and postvoid residual volume (PVR) were measured.
The IIEF-5 values were 11.25±3.18, 14.56±3.79, and 16.91±3.56 at V1, V2, and V3, respectively, with significant improvement (V1 vs. V2, p<0.001; V1 vs. V3, p<0.001). The IPSS values were 10.59±5.56, 9.07±6.06, and 8.15±6.10 at V1, V2, and V3, respectively, and the differences were statistically significant (V1 vs. V2, p<0.001; V1 vs. V3, p<0.001). There were no significant differences in blood pressure or heart rate. Adverse effects were observed in 7 men (5.51%) at V2 and in 5 men (3.94%) at V3.
Tadalafil 5 mg administered once-a-day may be effective in improving erectile function. Adverse effects on the cardiovascular system may be minimal. In addition, it is believed that this may also be effective in improving voiding symptoms.
PMCID: PMC2941815  PMID: 20856651
Erectile dysfunction; Safety; Tadalafil; Treatment outcome
11.  The Role of TURP in the Detection of Prostate Cancer in BPH Patients with Previously Negative Prostate Biopsy 
Korean Journal of Urology  2010;51(5):313-317.
We aimed to investigate the significance of early detection of transition zone prostate cancer by transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in whom prostate cancer was suspected despite a negative transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) biopsy result.
Materials and Methods
From January 2006 to January 2009, a total of 165 patients who underwent TURP were evaluated. The prostate cancer detection rate was compared between patients who underwent TRUS biopsy before TURP (group A) and those who did not (group B). All charts were evaluated retrospectively, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA), digital rectal examination (DRE), TURP results (including resection volume and pathology report), TRUS, and TRUS biopsy results. Group A was subdivided into group A1, who were diagnosed with prostate cancer after TURP, and group A2, who were diagnosed with BPH after TURP.
The cancer detection rate showed no significant difference between groups A and B (8.9% vs. 7.5%, p>0.05). The mean PSA levels in groups A1 and A2 were 15.5±14.0 ng/ml and 9.1±5.1 ng/ml, respectively (p>0.05). In group A1, 40% had an abnormal DRE, compared with 6.7% in group A2 (p<0.05). After TURP, the mean percentage of resected prostatic chips of the prostate cancer group and BPH group were 33.9% and 18.6%, respectively (p=0.001). A positive correlation was found between the detection rate of prostate cancer and PSA (p=0.01).
BPH patients in whom prostate cancer is suspected and who have lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) with a previously negative TRUS biopsy result can undergo TURP, which results in immediate improvement in bladder outlet obstruction and early diagnosis of clinically significant transition zone prostate cancer.
PMCID: PMC2873884  PMID: 20495693
Needle biopsy; Prostatic neoplasms; Transurethral resection of prostate

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