532 nm green-light laser vaporization of upper tract urothelial carcinoma

F. Dursun, M. M. Pan, M. Morgan, R. R. Gonzalez, R. Satkunasivam

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Background: Endoscopic management of low risk upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) may be considered in select clinical scenarios, which allows sparing the morbidity of radical nephroureterectomy while achieving acceptable oncological outcomes and preservation of kidney function. Herein, we present a case with UTUC in a solitary kidney managed with 532 nm laser vaporization through a percutaneous approach. Case presentation: The patient in this video (Additional file 1) is an 85-year-old woman who presented with a bulky tumor in the collecting system of a congenital solitary left kidney, which was a biopsy proven low grade urothelial carcinoma. Prior to the procedure, a lower pole percutaneous nephrostomy tube was successfully placed under sedation by Interventional Radiology. The procedure was done in a prone split leg position. The mass, which was predominantly localized to the renal pelvis was efficiently vaporized with the 532 nm laser in a systematic manner with continuous irrigation of normal saline through the cystoscope. The patient was discharged home on postoperative day 2 with the nephroureterostomy catheter open to drainage. This catheter was subsequently clamped and removed two weeks later without complications. Follow up uretroscopy showed excellent treatment response and the patient remains well without complications. Conclusion: This case report details the potential utility of 532 nm laser vaporization of UTUC, however, ongoing studies are required to demonstrate peri-operative safety and durable oncologic efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number172
JournalBMC Urology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Endoscopic management
  • Greenlight
  • KTP
  • Laser ablation
  • Upper tract urothelial carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Urology


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