We compared outcomes of percutaneous nephrolithotomy and retrograde intrarenal surgery in the treatment of children with renal calculi larger than 2 cm.Materials and Methods:
A total of 38 patients younger than 16 years with renal calculi larger than 2 cm were randomized to undergo percutaneous nephrolithotomy or retrograde intrarenal surgery between May 2011 and February 2014. Demographic data, stone criteria, operative technique, radiation time, complications, blood transfusion, hemoglobin decrease, stone-free rate and length of hospital stay were compared between the groups. Stone-free status was documented if there were no residual stones after 1 month.Results:
The study included 43 renal units, of which 21 were subjected to retrograde intrarenal surgery and 22 to percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Operative time was comparable for both groups. Mean radiation time and hospital stay were longer after percutaneous nephrolithotomy (p <0.001). Stone-free rate was significantly lower after retrograde intrarenal surgery monotherapy vs percutaneous nephrolithotomy monotherapy (71% vs 95.5%, p = 0.046). Patients in the percutaneous nephrolithotomy group had significantly more complications compared to the retrograde intrarenal surgery group (p = 0.018). Three patients in the percutaneous nephrolithotomy group received blood transfusions, compared to none in the retrograde intrarenal surgery group (p = 0.015).Conclusions:
For treatment of large or complex renal stones in pediatric patients percutaneous nephrolithotomy monotherapy has the advantage of better stone-free rates, while retrograde intrarenal surgery has the advantages of decreased radiation exposure, fewer complications and shorter hospital stay.