Bladder Stones

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C. Türk (Chair), A. Skolarikos (Vice-chair), J.F. Donaldson, A. Neisius, A. Petřík, C. Seitz, K. Thomas
Guidelines Associate: Y. Ruhayel

1.INTRODUCTION

1.1.Aims and Scope

The European Association of Urology (EAU) Bladder Stones Guidelines Panel, a sub-panel of the EAU Urolithiasis Guidelines Panel, has prepared these guidelines to help urologists assess evidence-based management of calculi in native urinary bladders and urinary tract reconstructions and to incorporate recommendations into clinical practice. The management of upper urinary tract stone is addressed in a separate document: the EAU Guidelines on Urolithiasis.

It must be emphasised that clinical guidelines present the best evidence available to the experts but following guideline recommendations will not necessarily result in the best outcome. Guidelines can never replace clinical expertise when making treatment decisions for individual patients, but rather help to focus decisions - also taking personal values and preferences/individual circumstances of patients into account. Guidelines are not mandates and do not purport to be a legal standard of care.

1.2.Panel Composition

The EAU Bladder Stones Guidelines Panel consists of an international group of clinicians with particular expertise in this area. All experts involved in the production of this document have submitted potential conflict of interest statements which can be viewed on the EAU website Uroweb: http://uroweb.org/guideline/bladder-stones/.

1.3.Available Publications

A quick reference document (Pocket Guidelines) is available, both in print and as an app for iOS and Android devices. These are abridged versions, which may require consultation together with the full text versions. The EAU Urolithiasis Panel has also published a number of scientific publications in the EAU journal European Urology [1-3]. All documents can be accessed through the EAU website: http://uroweb.org/guideline/bladder-stones/.

1.4.Publication History and Summary of Changes

1.4.1.Publication History

This document is the first manuscript published on bladder stones on behalf of the EAU Bladder Stones Guidelines Panel.

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