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Urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract

Urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract is a malignant tumour which originates in the mucous membrane of the renal pelvis and the ureter, which is generally detected via painless hematuria, and usually remains asymptomatic for a long time. The tumour indicates a close pathological relationship to the urinary bladder carcinoma. The disease peak is between the ages of 50 and 60, whereby the ratio of women : men is about 1 : 2 to 1 : 3.

Treatment / Therapy

After obtaining histological assurance using a ureterorenoscopy, the preferred therapy is a radical nephroureterectomy. This can be done both as open and laparoscopically. Subsequent chemotherapy with gemzitabine and cisplatin should be used for lymph node metastases.
If preservation of the renal function is crucial for the patient (e.g. in the case of single people), organ-preserving methods will be considered. Examples which may be mentioned here are segmentary ureteral resection or ureterorenoscopic ablation by laser.



Clinic and Polyclinic for Urology

PD Dr. Uwe Zimmermann


Clinic and Polyclinic for Urology

PD Dr. Maik Pechoel


Tamara Usichenko
Geschäftsbereich Patientenmanagement
Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
Fleischmannstr. 8
17475 Greifswald

Phone: +49 3834 86-5184
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