Buckshot colic: Utilizing holmium: Yag laser for ureteroscopic removal of a bullet fragment within the proximal ureter

Matthew Ziegelmann, Alonso Carrasco, John Knoedler, Amy E. Krambeck

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Buckshot colic is a rare phenomenon, presenting as firearm-induced urinary tract obstruction. We present a case of gunshot-induced ureteral obstruction in a 49-year-old male, treated endoscopically with the holmium:YAG (holmium) laser. CT revealed a 1 cm bullet fragment within the left proximal ureter. A percutaneous nephrolithotomy was performed utilizing the holmium laser to fragment the metal into basket-retrievable pieces. At 4 month follow up the patient is without evidence of stricture. To our knowledge, this is the first reported utilization of the holmium laser to treat "buckshot colic". Endoscopy with holmium laser appears a feasible and safe treatment option.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8321-8323
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Urology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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