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09 April 2024 : Case report  China (mainland)

[In Press] A Forgotten Double-J Ureteric Stent as the Core of a Bladder Stone: A Case Report and Literature Review

Unusual clinical course, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Rare coexistence of disease or pathology

Wen-Yan Huang ORCID logo1ABCDEF, Kristine J.S. Kwan ORCID logo23BDEF, Dan Tang4EF, Lin Xiong ORCID logo1AEFG

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.943781

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.943781  

Available online: 2024-04-09, In Press, Corrected Proof

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Double-J (D-J) ureteric stents are widely applied in urological operations as they play a vital role in maintaining postoperative functionality of the patient’s urinary system and thereby accelerating recovery. D-J stent encrustation may occur due to prolonged retention and lead to secondary complications. We report the case of a forgotten D-J stent that gradually formed into a bladder stone.
A 54-year-old man was referred to the Urology Department due to intermittent hematuria, left flank pain, and lower urinary tract symptoms that persisted for 2 weeks. His history was significant for undergoing left ureterolithotripsy followed by the implantation of an ipsilateral D-J stents 2 years ago in a local hospital. The patient did not follow-up regularly or actively seek medical attention for his urinary tract symptoms. Computed tomographic urography revealed a hyperdense tubular object protruding from the left distal ureter to the bladder. The patient underwent cystolithotripsy, left ureteric stent removal, and left ureteroscopy to clear away the bladder stone and its D-J stent core.
Formation of bladder stones secondary to prolonged indwelling D-J stent and its encrustation is not uncommon in developing countries where the level of public education is low. Prompt D-J stent removal can prevent complications associated with its retention and avoid unnecessary secondary procedures. Endoscopic urologic procedures are safe and feasible management options, and doctor-to-patient communication is vital for a better prognosis.

Keywords: Intraoperative Complications; Ureteroscopy; Urinary Bladder Calculi; Urology

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923