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The vascular hitch: a simpler procedure for vascular pyeloureteral junction obstruction (PUJO)

I Mushtaq, MD, FRCS
Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2016;16(05). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enmushtaq003

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Ureteropelvic junction obstruction may occur in about 10% of cases, the origin of which is not an intrinsic organic obstruction in this transitional area between the renal pelvis and the ureter, but it is rather secondary to an extrinsic obstruction, related to the presence of aberrant lower pole vessels. It is an intermittent ureteropelvic junction obstruction syndrome, which is usually diagnosed late and in which renal function is most often preserved. The operating technique was already described more than 60 years ago. It is a simple technique. The greatest difficulty is not technical but lies in the indication which must be relevant. The main difficulty is to preoperatively and intraoperatively evaluate either the totally extrinsic nature or conversely the mixed nature of the obstruction, which in that case requires a pyeloplasty according to Anderson-Hynes with division of the ureterovesical junction posteriorly to the vessels and reconstruction of the ureteropelvic junction once enlarged, anteriorly to the lower pole vessels.