About the Urolithiasis & Endourology working party

The Urolithiais & Endourology Working Party included initially only the Urolithiasis area; the group have changed several times in the last 2 years and only recently has reached a stable composition with very talented and motivated young clinicians.

Most of us have developed relevant expertise also in Endourology, including laparoscopy and other minimally-invasive technique, hence the change of the name.

The heterogeneity might also be interpreted as flexibility of the group, capable to develop projects covering a wide spectrum of areas of interest.

Urolithiasis working party’s goal

Embodying the main principles of the YAU, the mission of the Urolithiasis&Endourology WP is to set up research projects to provide strong evidences for the clinical practice; to develop training models for a higher quality of educational standards of the European residents; to establish strategic collaboration with relevant scientific bodies; to create for its member opportunities for future leadership.

Projects and plans for the future

  • European Curriculum of Urology
    The EAU has recently launched an important project which main objective is to offer urologists one comprehensive source of information about urology and urological procedures necessary to deliver high quality urological care. Urolithiasis was selected as the pilot topic and our WP was asked to work on it; all the educational material available on the EAU archive, based on the current guidelines implemented with presentations, webcasts, videolibrary and articles, has been selected and worked out in an attractive and dynamic interface. In a second all these material will be reviewed and updated.
  • EAU Patient Information leaflets on Urolithiais
    Comprehensive leaflets on urolithiasis were published in 2012; this was the pivotal project of the EAU Patient Information, an initiative of the EAU aimed at presenting patient information on urological diseases throughout Europe. The texts, based on the EAU Guidelines on urolithiais, describe the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment options for urolithiasis by using plain language. This material was first used during the EAU Urology Week held in September 2012, an initiative which is conducted once per year to create awareness of urological conditions among the general public. The leaflets are currently available in different languages and can be downloaded via the EAU webpage for free.
  • European survey on the use of flexible ureteroscopy
    This survey was conducted in several European countries to assess the current practise at the European institutions with regard to the use of flexible ureteroscopy for renal stones. More than 1000 questionnaires were collected and the results were processed for scientific publications.
    An abstract was presented at the EAU Annual meeting in Milan 2013 and a manuscript has been published in Urolithiasis.
    The survey will be used to identify potential fields for longitudinal study to provide lacking evidence for and stronger recommendations on the clinical practise in flexible ureteroscopy.
  • Study on a new fragment retention device
    A multicentre prospective observational study on a new endoscopic device which combines guidewire and fragment retention functions during endoscopic lithotripsy of ureteric stones is ongoing. Preliminary results have already been announced at international meetings; data from more mature experience will be soon published. A randomized controlled trial is foreseen to be started next year.
  • Training models
    Some members of the group are thoroughly involved in projects regarding the development of training models in laparoscopy and endourology. Some models have been patented and the group has been asked to validate them. A validation study on a model to train trainees on the usage of a 30-degrees laparoscope has been concluded and its publication is in process.
  • Collaboration
    Strategic collaboration is ongoing with the Guidelines Office on Urolithiasis to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis in urolithiasis; currently, the plan is to conduct a systematic review on stone formers.
    We have started cooperating with another international group recently established in order to conduct prospective multi-centre studies based on patient reported outcomes.
    We have finally started collaboration with the Young Academic Endourologists Office of the Society of Endourology.


  • Patient Information on kidney and ureteral stones:
  • F. Sanguedolce, E. Liatsikos, P. Verze, S. Hruby, A. Breda, J.Beatty , T. Knoll Use of flexible ureteroscopy in the clinical practice for the treatment of renal stones: results from a large European survey conducted by the EAU Young Academic Urologists-Working Party on Endourology and Urolithiasis. Urolithiasis 2014 March 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  • F. Sanguedolce, E. Liatsikos, P. Verze, S. Hruby, A. Breda, M. Binbay, T. Knoll, EAU Young Academic Urologists Group, Arnhem, The Netherlands. Use of flexible ureteroscopy in the clinical practice for the treatment of renal stones: results from a large European survey. European Urology Supplements, Volume 12, Issue 1, March 2013, Pages e660-e661.
  • A novel stone management device during endolithotripsy for ureteral stones: first multi-institutional experience; N. Macchione, F. Sanguedolce*, S. Hruby, F. Longo, S.Kachrilas, J. Masood,N. Buchholz, E. Montanari. J Endourology , Volume 27, Supplement 1, September 2013

YAU Working Group Endourology & Urolithiasis

A. Pietropaolo

Southampton (GB)

V.M.J. De Coninck

Brasschaat (BE)

E. Emiliani

Barcelona (ES)

F. Esperto

Rome (IT)

P Jones

Bergen (NO)

E.X. Keller

Zurich (CH)

T. Tailly

Ghent (BE)

M. Talso

Milan (IT)

S. Tonyali

Istanbul (TR)

B.M. Zeeshan Hameed

Mangaluru (IN)

T.E. Şener

Istanbul (TR)

I. Mykoniatis

Thessaloniki (GR)