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Title: The Accordion Sign in the Transplant Ureter: Ramifications During Balloon Dilation of Strictures

PurposeThis study was designed to demonstrate the accordion sign within the transplant ureter and evaluate its ramifications during balloon dilation of strictures.MethodsA retrospective electronic chart and imaging review included demographic characteristics, procedure reports, and complications of 28 renal transplant patients having ureteral strictures treated with percutaneous balloon dilation reported in our transplant nephrology database during an 8-year period. The accordion sign was deemed present or absent on the basis of an imaging review and was defined as present when a tortuous ureter became kinked and irregular when foreshortened after placement of a wire or a catheter. Procedure-related urine leaks were categorized as occurring at the stricture if within 2 cm; otherwise, they were considered away from the stricture.ResultsThe accordion sign was associated with a significantly greater occurrence of leaks away from the stricture (P = 0.001) but not at the stricture (P = 0.34).ConclusionsThe accordion sign is an important consideration when performing balloon dilation procedures on transplant ureteral strictures, given the increased risk of leak away from the stricture. Its presence should prompt additional care during wire and catheter manipulations.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Mayo Clinic Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States)
  2. Mayo Clinic, Department of Biostatistics (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22470007
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Journal Volume: 38; Journal Issue: 2; Conference: BSIR 2014: Britisch Society of Interventional Radiology 2014 annual meeting, Liverpool (United Kingdom), 12-14 Nov 2014; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); http://www.springer-ny.com; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; BASES; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY; DESIGN; DIAGRAMS; HAZARDS; KIDNEYS; PATIENTS; REVIEWS; TRANSPLANTS; URETERS; URINE; WIRES