The giant calculus within the prostatic urethra

Demir O., KEFİ A., Cahangirov A., Cihan A., BARLIK OBUZ F., Esen A. A., ...More

UROLOGICAL RESEARCH, vol.39, no.4, pp.319-321, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00240-010-0350-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.319-321
  • Keywords: Urethra, Calculi, Endoscopic lithotripsy
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The giant calculus within the prostatic urethra is a rare clinical entity in the young population. Most of the calculi within the urethra migrate from the urinary bladder and obliterate the urethra. These stones are often composed of calcium phosphate or calcium oxalate. The decision of treatment strategy is affected by the size, shape and position of the calculus and by the status of the urethra. If the stone is large and immovable, it may be extracted via the perineal or the suprapubic approach. In most cases, the giant calculi were extracted via the transvesical approach and external urethrotomy. Our case is the biggest prostatic calculus, known in the literature so far, which was treated endoscopically by the combination of laser and the pneumatic lithotriptor.