May 1974

Behaviour of the Human Ureter in Health and Disease.

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By James A. Ross, MBE, MD, FRCS; Peter Edmond, FRCS; and Ian S. K. Kirkland, FRCS. Price, $14.50. Pp 136. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston, Baltimore 21202, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(5):880. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320170156044

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This book fills a gap in many texts about the genitourinary system. These usually are concerned with disorders of renal parenchyma and urinary bladder, and they offer scanty information about the upper urinary outflow tract—renal pelvis and ureter.

This book carefully reviews normal and disease processes of the upper urinary outflow tract by comparing more familiar techniques employed during the usual retrograde urologic examination with the use of pressure recordings of the ureter and pelvis. Extensive recordings with this technique in health and disease in adults and children are presented. The normal pattern of ureteral contraction, ureteral rhythm pattern changes, and changes in amplitude and form are presented. The effect on the normal patterns with the influence of drugs, renal infection, calculi, vesico-ureteral reflux, dynamic function in hydroureter, and various miscellaneous abnormal states is shown clearly.

The technique of linking a pressure transducer and recording apparatus to the procedure of

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