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Purple urine bag syndrome

Purple urine bag syndrome (PUBS) is an uncommon phenomenon where the tubing and urinary catheter bag is noticed to undergo purple discolouration. This has been linked with urinary tract infections (UTI), chronic debilitated states and prolonged catheterisation. PUBS was noticed...

Treating Urothelial Bladder Cancer

This is a short book comprising 129 pages of text which I read in one afternoon. It provides a useful update on one of the most common malignancies encountered by urologists worldwide, which experienced urologists and trainees alike would benefit...

Fluoxetine for refractory night wetting in children – is it safe and effective?

Around 1-2% of teenagers above the age of 15 years and 2-6% of adults continue to wet the bed. Standard treatment often includes bladder advice, alarm therapy, desmopressin and anticholinergics. Tricyclic antidepressants (imipramine) can also be utilised. Unfortunately, most have...

Read all about it Mar/Apr 2015

It can be awkward when a patient asks you about a report in their favourite tabloid detailing an amazing research breakthrough or a ‘cutting-edge’ new treatment / test and you don’t know what they are talking about! So this section...

COVID-19 Message from the editor May 2020

It is difficult to write about the crisis the world is facing at the moment without using superlatives or being too stark about the scale of the greatest-ever challenge that we all face at the moment. These are unprecedented times...

Focal therapies in prostate cancer

The standard of care in the management of prostate cancer has, to date, always been to treat the whole gland. This has ranged from surveillance, surgical excision / prostatectomy or external beam radiotherapy / whole gland brachytherapy. With the evolution...

University of Edinburgh Online ChM application deadline

This online, exclusively distance-based programme is delivered by the University in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and leads to the award of Master of Surgery (ChM). It runs alongside clinical training and complements in-the-workplace training. You will be supported by asynchronous discussion by our faculty of over 30 Consultant Urologists and Oncologists.

The Lister Royal College of Surgeons of England / BAUS Accredited Robotic Urological Fellowship Programme

Robotic fellowship training in the UK – overview Robotic surgery has increased in popularity since its introduction in 2003. Its validation in a growing number of operative procedures has increased its acceptance nationwide and its usage is becoming widespread. Initial...

Ejaculatory dysfunction: a review of current practice and guidelines

Introduction The ejaculatory process is paramount to procreation in nature. It is a complex orchestration of physiology that results in emission of the ejaculate into the posterior urethra followed by ejection of those fluids from the urethra and orgasm. The...

Prolapse surgery with mesh: where do we stand in 2017? An ICS update

Background Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is common among women. The lifetime risk of undergoing at least one surgical procedure for POP is up to 20% [1]. This kind of surgery will be increasingly important due to an ageing...

OCERT: a new multi-specialty project to standardise robotic surgical training

Since its introduction by Dr William Osler in 1890 to the Board of Trustees at John Hopkins Hospital [1], the Halstedian ‘See one, do one, teach one’ has represented a guideline for surgeons worldwide, both for open and laparoscopic surgery,...

Demanding cases or nightmares in endourology? Sep/Oct 2015

One of the most interesting aspects of attending international meetings is the rare but invaluable, honest presentation of complex cases. We aim to present the readers with some complex and challenging ongoing cases in endourology. Case 1 A general practitioner...