Randy Dotinga
Randy Dotinga is a medical writer based in San Diego, Calif.
BLC scores well against WLC in recurrent bladder tumors
Fluorescent blue light cystoscopy improves 3-year recurrence-free survival rates in patients with recurrent bladder tumors compared to white light cystoscopy, and researchers believe its use should be expanded.
CT texture analysis may aid risk stratification of renal masses
A recent study suggests experimental "texture analysis" of renal masses via computed tomography scan holds promise as a technique to allow more effective risk stratification.
Progress on penile transplant moves forward
"[Penile transplantation] is a real advance for patients who have a penile deficiency or penile loss," says Arthur L. Burnett, II, MD, MBA.
Penile transplant guidelines missing in action
There are no national or international guidelines regarding penile transplants, raising a question without a concrete answer: What are the rules and the limits?
Study: Surgery less common for blunt renal trauma
A new study suggests that surgical care for renal trauma cases is evolving in two different directions: Endovascular procedures have become more common for blunt trauma, supplanting nephrectomy and laceration repair.
Survey: Majority of APPs perform advanced procedures
As the United States faces a urologist shortage, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will likely play an increasingly important role in the field of urology. Now, a new survey—the first of its kind—suggests that many of those in these positions are performing advanced procedures despite lacking postgraduate urologic training.
ASPS offers management services
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has created PS2 Practice Management to handle back-office administration for individual practices and consolidated groups of practices.
Some post-cystectomy symptoms persist for 3 months
New research suggests that post-surgery symptoms may last for at least 3 months in cystectomy patients and worsen over time in some cases, posing unique management challenges for urologists.
MRI, ultrasound detect post-burst wave lithotripsy injury
Researchers who are investigating burst-wave lithotripsy, a potential alternative treatment for kidney stones, report that magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound scans hold promise as tools to help scientists analyze related kidney injuries.
‘Smart’ water bottle may help with stone prevention
Despite the excruciating nature of kidney stones, many people can't manage to lower their risk by simply drinking more liquid. Now, a new study finds that one potential tool—a water bottle with a built-in consumption sensor and smartphone link—accurately tracks how much people drink.


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