stone disease

New Products: FDA approves oral agent for HSDD, app helps men with erectile dysfunction and moreIn this round-up of new urology products and services, learn about the FDA approving an oral agent for HSDD, an app that helps men with erectile dysfunction, and more.
Alpha-blocker may have benefit in larger stonesWhile there is no benefit from using tamsulosin (Flomax) versus placebo for the treatment of small ureteral stones, there is a potential upside of increased passage from using the drug to treat 5- to 10-mm stones, according to a study from Australia published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine (July 13, 2015).
Stone patients are poorly adherent with medical prophylaxisNew findings based on pharmacy claims data show just how adherent patients are to a thiazide, alkali citrate, and allopurinol.
MET found safe, efficacious in pregnant stone patientsNew study data suggest an answer to the problem of managing stones in pregnant women.
Ultrasound stone repositioning facilitates passageThe first clinical trial of a novel ultrasound technology shows that it can safely reposition stones in situ to make them more amenable to natural passage and treatment.
Best of AUA 2015: PCa surveillance, surgical controversies create buzzUrology Times’ “Best of AUA 2015” report provides a guide to the meeting’s take-home messages in 15 therapeutic areas—an information-packed, condensed summary of the top papers and presentations.
Medical expulsive therapy ineffective for ureteral stonesA large, multicenter study “definitively demonstrates” the treatment’s infectiveness, one expert says.
Is billing for stone prevention counseling possible?In this Coding Q&A column, the Painters discuss the tricky question of whether you can bill for stone prevention counseling, and also answer a question about whether you can bill two instillation codes (51700) for one appointment.
Aortic calcification linked to heart disease in stone patientsBlood vessel calcification may increase risk of heart disease in patients with recurrent kidney stones, according to a recent study.
January 2015 New Products: Ultrasound system offers multiple features, high-resolution images
January 2015 New Products: Ultrasound system offers multiple features, high-resolution imagesNew products and services from Samsung Electronics America, Syneron Medical, American Medical Systems, New Star, Buffalo Filter, Cook Medical, Endo International, Trimel BioPharma Metamark, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.