Robot-assisted right ureteral polypectomy: A case report


  • Brandon Karmo Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kenneth Lim Program Director Department of Urology Detroit Medical Center
  • Richard Santucci Specialist-in-Chief, Urology, Detroit Medical Center Chief of Urology, Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • Sabry Mansour Chief of Surgery Mclaren Lapeer



Ureteral polyps are a rare cause of ureteral obstruction in the adult and pediatric populations. Fibroepitheial polyps (FEP) are the most common type of ureteral polyps. This clinical entity is very rare, warranting periodic clinical review by practitioners, and new advancements in laparoscopy allow new surgical approaches to its cure. We present the case of a 20-year-old male with right sided flank pain. He was found to have right uretero-pelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction and subsequently underwent laparoscopic robotic-assisted right collecting system exploration, excision of polyps and right ureteropyeloplasty. Ureteral polyps were excised and determined to be fibroepithelial in origin based on the pathological report. Our case highlights the importance of having FEP in the differential diagnosis of ureteral obstruction. We also found that laparoscopic robot-assisted polypectomy is a safe and acceptable surgical option for the excision of ureteral polyps.


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How to Cite

Karmo, B., Lim, K., Santucci, R., & Mansour, S. (2013). Robot-assisted right ureteral polypectomy: A case report. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 7(5-6), e426–9.



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