Endourologic management of malignant ureteral obstruction: indications, results, and quality-of-life issues

J Endourol. 2010 Jan;24(1):129-42. doi: 10.1089/end.2009.0157.


Obstruction of the upper urinary tract is a problem commonly faced by practicing urologists. The constant evolution in endourology has effectively facilitated minimally invasive management of upper-tract obstruction. In a case in which malignancy is the cause of obstruction, however, the situation significantly changes. Questions arise regarding the need for relieving the obstruction, the means to accomplish this, and the benefits and drawbacks of each technique regarding both their efficacy and their impact on the patients well-being and the crucial issue of quality of life in the face of malignancy.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Quality of Life*
  • Stents
  • Ureteral Neoplasms / complications*
  • Ureteral Obstruction / etiology*
  • Ureteral Obstruction / therapy*
  • Urinary Diversion
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures*