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This Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project study evaluates the safety, efficacy, and cost of intravenous pyelography in four selected, common applications. The recommendations below are supported by the data analyses shown in the accompanying background paper.
The historical rationale for the routine use of intravenous pyelography before prostatectomy for suspected benign prostatic hypertrophy includes the potential for detecting unsuspected upper tract obstruction to assist in deciding about the need for surgery [3.1, 3.2]; looking for asymptomatic renal or ureteral malignancies [3.1, 3.3]; discovering other unexpected urinary abnormalities (for example, calculi, renal agenesis,
American College of Physicians*. Common Uses of Intravenous Pyelography in Adults. Ann Intern Med. ;111:83. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-1-83
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(1):83.
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