Miniaturization of PCNL; Necessity or What?


  • Mofizur Rahman Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Chattogram Medical College, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Mohammed Monowar Ul Hoque Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Chattogram Medical College, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Kazi Mohammad Monwarul Karim Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Chattogram Medical College, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • AKM Akramul Bari Assistant Registrar, Department of Urology, National Institute of Kidney Diseases & Urology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md Asaduzzaman Asad Urology Phase-B Student, Chattogram Medical College, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Md Tanvir Rahman MS (Urology) Thesis Part Student, Chattogram Medical College, Chattogram, Bangladesh



Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), minimally invasive PCNL (Mini-PCNL), standard PCNL


Objective: Now a days, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is the treatment of choice for retrieval of renal and proximal ureteral calculi. The primary goal of PCNL is to achieve stone free status while minimizing morbidity and complications. In recent years, the instruments used have been miniaturized in an effort to decrease morbidity associated with standard PCNL as well as increase the efficacy of stone removal. The aim of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of PCNL using different tract size.

Patients and Methods: This hospital based prospective interventional study was conducted on patients with 1 to 4 cm renal stones who underwent PCNL either by Mini or by Standard PCNL technique in Chattogram Medical College Hospital and different private hospitals in Chattogram from July 2016 to October 2018. Patients aged above 12 years of age, irrespective of gender with normal renal function were evaluated to compare stone clearance, access time, fluoroscopy time for access, total operative time, need for blood transfusion, postoperative hospital stay, postoperative pain, fever, urinary leakage and other complications between two groups. Those who had previous history of open renal surgery, active urinary tract infection, renal malformation, uncorrected coagulopathy and morbid obesity were excluded.

Results: A total of 78 patients were enrolled consecutively for PCNL who were divided equally into two groups randomly for minimally invasive PCNL (Mini-PCNL) and Standard PCNL. The average stone size in mini-PCNL group was 2.59±0.89 cm, and 2.66±0.97 cm in standard-PCNL group (p=0.7). Mean tract size was 18.53 ± 1.29 F (16-20) and 26.11 ± 4.61 F (24-30) respectively with P value <0.001. In mini-PCNL operative time was significantly longer than that of standard PCNL with 112.11 ± 20.29 vs. 98.68± 19.75 minutes respectively with p=.004. Conversely, there was an advantage of mini-PCNL over the standard one in terms of a significantly reduced hemoglobin drop (0.5 ± 0.26 vs. 0.83 ± 0.32 gm%, p value 0.001) and hospital stay (2.18 ± 0.77 vs. 3.39 ± 1.10 days, p value= 0.001), respectively though there was no statistical difference in terms of stone clearance rates between two groups (86.84% vs. 92.11%, p=0.45). There was no statistical difference in terms of visual analogue scale (VAS) score (5.55±1.54 vs. 6.24±1.6) for pain perception. The complication rate of mini-PCNL had no significant difference with that of standard PCNL (10.52% vs 12.50%, p=0.72). No statistical difference was recorded in terms of postoperative fever (eŠ38C) between two groups (2 in each group, 5.2%, p=1 Blood transfusion requirement was much less in mini PCNL group (10.52% vs. 34.2%, p=0.01).

Conclusion: In addition to minimal bleeding and excellent stone clearance, mini- PCNL has several features for which it should be considered as an alternative or adjunct tostandard PCNL, URS, and ESWL. These include safe supra-costal puncture, excellent access to nearly all calyces and upper ureter, less hospital stay and suitable for large stones also. Future studies should continue to refine methods to assess complexity and safety and to determine consensus on the use of mini- PCNL.

Bangladesh Journal of Urology, Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2020 p.11-16


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Rahman, M., Hoque, M. M. U., Karim, K. M. M., Bari, A. A., Asad, M. A., & Rahman, M. T. (2020). Miniaturization of PCNL; Necessity or What?. Bangladesh Journal of Urology, 23(1), 11–16.



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