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Book and Media Reviews
February 6, 2008

Emergencies in Urology

JAMA. 2008;299(5):578-579. doi:10.1001/jama.299.5.578

Emergencies in Urology addresses numerous subjects that have primary, secondary, or tertiary relationships with urologic emergencies. The many areas covered include emergency department urology; preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative complications; and anecdotal experiences. Ninety distinguished urologists from 18 different countries author the 21 chapters.

The presentation begins with excessive details on such varied topics as general anesthesia, anaphylaxis and perioperative cardiac complications, shock, sepsis, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. Fournier gangrene and urosepsis are discussed next and are well described. Pediatric emergencies and emergencies involving the pregnant patient, particularly the management of urinary calculi in pregnancy, are then given an appropriately detailed treatment. Other strengths of the text include the discussion of upper and lower urinary tract obstruction, genitourinary trauma, and the primary and delayed management of urethral injuries, oncologic emergencies, and use of interventional radiologic techniques in the management of hemorrhage. The authors are to be applauded for their effective use of algorithms, tables, figures, and clinical images.

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