Response to Letter to Editor on: Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging

International Urology and Nephrology, Feb 2018

Rachael Dana Sussman, Krishnan Venkatesan

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Response to Letter to Editor on: Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging

Response to Letter to Editor on: Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging Rachael Dana Sussman 0 Krishnan Venkatesan 0 0 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital , Washington, DC , USA 1 Rachael Dana Sussman Vol.:(011233456789) - Editor, We appreciate the feedback on our recently published article [ 1 ] in the International Journal of Urology and Nephrology concerning our use of pericatheter retrograde urethrogram (pcRUG) for postoperative urethroplasty imaging. We published this work so that others may build on it and improve patient care. The authors comment that pcRUG is not a novel technique. We agree that pcRUG itself is an established investigation and have referred to multiple studies previously describing their own techniques. Our technique is novel in its use of an angiocatheter as was described in our discussion. We believe the angiocatheter may be advantageous due to its smaller diameter when compared to 5–8 Fr feeding tubes and a metal introducer that have been previously described (1.1 mm vs. 1.67–2.67 mm), and as such felt it was worth sharing. The authors bring up the disadvantage of radiation exposure to the operator’s hands, which is a valid critique. We are very conscious of radiation used and strictly limit fluoroscopy time during pcRUG. While the hand is visible in the figure in our article, we typically keep the hand out of the frame of radiation unless it is a very distal stricture. 1. Sussman RD et al ( 2017 ) Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging . Int Urol Nephrol 49 ( 12 ): 2157 - 2165


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Rachael Dana Sussman, Krishnan Venkatesan. Response to Letter to Editor on: Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging, International Urology and Nephrology, 2018, 1-1, DOI: 10.1007/s11255-018-1807-z