Koyuncu, H. | Yencilek, F. | Erturhan, S. | Eryildirım, B. | Sarica, K.
Article | 2011 | International Urology and Nephrology43 ( 1 ) , pp.7 - 13
Objective: To evaluate the natural course of the stone disease in pediatric patients from different perspectives among which the spontaneous passage and stone recurrence rates evaluated during the follow-up. Materials and methods: A total of 142 children referring with primary urinary stone disease were evaluated and followed. All children in the study were divided into two groups with respect to the age (Group 1: 0-5 years and Group 2: 6-15 years). Children were followed with respect to spontaneous passage rates, recurrence-regrowth rates, physical as well as the renal growth rates. Results: Stone recurrence has been noted in 44% o . . .f patients in group 1, this value was 31% in group 2. Children with at least one identifiable metabolic abnormality tended to have higher recurrence rates than the others despite conservative measures. The average stone recurrence rate in children without any metabolic abnormality was 14% and nearly 50% in children with an identifiable metabolic abnormality. Conclusions: We may emphasize that due to the high recurrence and re-growth rates, all children with urinary stone disease should be followed closely with regular visits. The evaluation of metabolic risk factors in children with renal stone disease is the basis of medical treatment aimed at preventing recurrent stone events and the growth of pre-existing calculi. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, B.V
Yencilek, F. | Sarica, K. | Eryildirim, B. | Erturhan, S. | Karakok, M. | Kuyumcuoglu, U.
Article | 2010 | International Urology and Nephrology42 ( 2 ) , pp.361 - 367
Objectives The effect of verapamil on tubular ischemia that is demonstrated by HIF-1a positivity in tubular cells following hyperoxaluria was evaluated in a rabbit model. Methods Thirty-six healthy male rabbits were randomly divided into three groups. Animals in the hyperoxaluric group were fed with 0.75% ethylene glycol. The verapamil group was fed identically to the hyperoxaluric group. Additionally, the verapamil group received verapamil orally (0.1 mg/kg). The control group received no special diet. Six animals in each group were killed on the 7th day of the experiment and the remaining six at the 28th day. Kidneys of the rabbit . . .s were examined by histopathologic and immunohistochemical analysis to detect the presence and degree of HIF-1a positivity. Results On the 7th day analysis, severe and moderate degree staining for HIF-1a in hyperoxaluric group were shown in four and two, respectively. In the verapamil group, however, three of six specimens showed nuclear staining (moderate in two and severe in one). Two of six specimens in the control group had minimal staining. The 28th day evaluation showed that two of the hyperoxaluric group had minimal degree nuclear staining but not in the remaining four. No staining was shown in the verapamil and control group animals. Conclusions Hyperoxaluria-related ischemia formation may be responsible for subsequent alterations in renal tubules. As a protective agent, verapamil was found to limit the presence of hypoxic changes as documented by HIF-1 alpha positivity in this study. These data also support the presence ischemic insult after hyperoxaluria induction in animal model. © Springer Science+Business Media, B.V. 2009