Print Issue: April 01, 2007

Ureteral Stone Treatments Comparable

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and ureteroscopy are both safe and effective for removing ureteral stones, and neither is clearly superior to the other, according to a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies.

Taking Fewer Lanthanum Carbonate Pills

SAN DIEGO—Doses of lanthanum carbonate as high as 4,500 mg a day appear to be well tolerated and may provide serum phosphorus control for some stage-5 CKD patients who do not respond to 3,000 mg a day, according to a new trial of patients on maintenance hemodialysis.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Beneficial

SAN DIEGO—Stereotactic radiosurgery produces early and durable responses in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients with either previously untreated spinal metastases or spinal metastases that have recurred after prior radiotherapy, researchers announced here at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Outpatient Stenting Is Safe And Effective

SEATTLE—Outpatient percutaneous renal artery stenting (PRAS) can be safely performed with few major complications, according to a Canadian study presented here at the annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Sevelamer May Lower Death Risk

A study of new hemodialysis patients revealed that those treated with the phosphate binder sevelamer had a significantly lower death rate than those treated with calcium-containing phosphate binders.

One in 10 Have An ESRD History

Nearly 10% of U.S. adults have a family history of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and these individuals may be at increased risk of developing kidney disease themselves, a study says.

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