α‐Blockers for uncomplicated ureteric stones: a clinical practice guideline

Mieke Vermandere*, Ton Kuijpers, Jako S. Burgers, Ilkka Kunnamo, Jan van Lieshout, Emma Wallace, Joan Vlayen, Elizabeth Schoenfeld, Reed A. Siemieniuk, Lyndal Trevena, Xiaoye Zhu, Francis Verermen, Ben Neuschwander, Philipp H. Dahm, Kari A. O. Tikkinen, Kris Aubrey-Bassler, Robin W. M. Vernooij, Bert Aertgeerts, Gertrude E. Bekkering

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Abstract

Objective

To develop an evidence-based recommendation concerning the use of alpha-blockers for uncomplicated ureteric stones based on an up-to-date Cochrane review, as the role of medical expulsive therapy for uncomplicated ureteric stones remains controversial in the light of new contradictory trial evidence.

Methods

We applied the Rapid Recommendations approach to guideline development, which represents an innovative approach by an international collaborative network of clinicians, researchers, methodologists and patient representatives seeking to rapidly respond to new, potentially practice-changing evidence with recommendations developed according to standards for trustworthy guidelines.

Results

The panel suggests the use of alpha-blockers in addition to standard care over standard care alone in patients with uncomplicated ureteric stones (weak recommendation based on low-quality evidence). The panel judged that the net benefit of alpha-blockers was small and that there was considerable uncertainty about patients' values and preferences. This means that the panel expects that most patients would choose treatment with alpha-blockers but that a substantial proportion would not. This recommendation applies to both patients in whom the presence of ureteric stones is confirmed by imaging, as well as patients in whom the diagnosis is made based on clinical grounds only.

Conclusion

The Rapid Recommendations panel suggests the use of alpha-blockers for patients with ureteric stones. Shared decisionmaking is emphasised in making the final choice between the treatment options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-931
Number of pages8
JournalBJU International
Volume122
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • alpha-blockers
  • ureteric stones
  • clinical practice guideline
  • MANAGEMENT
  • TAMSULOSIN
  • LOCATION
  • PASSAGE
  • SIZE

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