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The article entitled "Multiparametric MRI and targeted prostate biopsy: improvements in cancer detection, localization and risk assessment", authored by James S. Wysock, Marc A. Bjurlin, Neil Mendhiratta, and Samir S. Tanejam, was the most frequently cited article during the time period 06.2016-06.2017.

Tomasz Drewa, Editor-in-Chief

2016 Vol. 69 No. 2

Review Paper2016-04-23
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.812
Evidence-based recommendations on androgen deprivation therapy for localized and advanced prostate cancer
Tomasz Golabek, Jonathan Belsey, Tomasz Drewa, Anna Kołodziej, Iwona Skoneczna, Piotr Milecki, Jakub Dobruch, Marcin Słojewski, Piotr L. Chłosta
The management of prostate cancer (PC) is still evolving. Although, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is an established treatment option, particularly in patients with disseminated disease, important data regarding hormonal manipulation have recently emerged. The aim of this paper is to review the evidence on ADT, make recommendations and address areas of controversy associated with its use in men with PC.


Review Paper2016-03-21
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.784
Vitamin D and urological cancers
Wojciech Krajewski, Mateusz Dzięgała, Anna Kołodziej, Janusz Dembowski, Romuald Zdrojowy
Vitamin D controls calcium and phosphate homeostasis. Additionally, it has been proven that vitamin D is an important modulator of cellular differentiation and proliferation in a number of normal and malignant cells. Vitamin D can regulate proliferation, apoptosis, and cell adhesion at the tumor cell level. It also modifies tumor angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis and also decreases oxidative DNA damage.The Medline and Web of Science databases were searched without time limit on October 2015 using the terms 'vitamin D' in conjunction with 'kidney cancer', 'bladder cancer', 'prostate cancer', and 'testis cancer'


Editorial Referring2016-05-27
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.861
Vitamin D: a 'wanted' supernatural power or a power of wishful thinking
Stanisław Wroński


Review Paper2016-03-22
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.780
Review of current optical diagnostic techniques for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer
Anna Kołodziej, Wojciech Krajewski, Michał Matuszewski, Krzysztof Tupikowski
Urinary bladder urothelial cell carcinoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Europe. After prostate, lung and colon cancers, bladder cancerrates as the fourth most common cancer in men in the world.
Urinary bladder cancer detection, treatement, and staging has been traditionally based on an endoscopic examination – cystoscopy.


Review Paper2016-04-09
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.801
Sławomir G. Kata, Omar Aboumarzouk
There is observed increase in detection rate of upper urinary tract urothelial cancer worldwide. This is a result of improved imaging as well as implementation of novel technologies of direct visualization of upper urinary tract. Standard techniques still remain insufficient to diagnose flat urothelial lesions. Carcinoma in situ is characterized by flat disordered proliferation of urothelial cells with marked cytologic abnormality, which occur within one cell layer as well as full thickness urothelium and therefore requires a better technology to pick up early and subtle mucosal changes.


Review Paper2015-11-22
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.708
Prostate MRI - an update for the referring urologist
Marcin Bogusław Czarniecki, Maciej Jakuciński, Leszek Królicki
Prostate MRI is a new and important tool, which has a role in prostate cancer guidelines worldwide. The amount of articles and studies currently taking place in the subject requires the practicing urologist to understand how the examination is performed and its possible applications. This article explains prostate MRI reporting and standardized reporting schemes, as well as its applications according to the patients' staging and history. The use of prostate MRI prior to biopsy, MRI-guided biopsy, its use in active surveillance, surgery staging and planning, as well as in cases with biochemical recurrence are discussed.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-03-23
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.795
Surgeon has a major impact on long-term recurrence risk in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Alexander Igorevich Rolevich, Alexander Anatolievich Minich, Tatiana Ivanovna Nabebina, Sergey Lvovich Polyakov, Sergey Anatolievich Krasny, Oleg Grigorievich Sukonko
One of the factors responsible for recurrence risk after complete transurethral resection of the bladder tumor (TURBT) in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) is the quality of surgery that may vary between individual surgeons. The study was aimed to evaluate the impact of the surgeon on recurrence-free survival in patients with NMIBC.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-05-09
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.766
Comparative efficacy of tadalafil versus tamsulosin as the medical expulsive therapy in lower ureteric stone: a prospective randomized trial
Sandeep Puvvada, Prasad Mylarappa, Kuldeep Aggarwal, Avinash Patil, Prarthan Joshi, Ramesh Desigowda
In recent years, medical expulsive therapy has been used in the management of distal ureteric stones as a supplement to conservative treatment.Therefore, we conducted a prospective randomized study to evaluate the possible role of tadalafil individually in comparison with proven tamsulosin in ureteric stone expulsion.


Editorial Referring2016-05-31
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.864
Should we SUSPEND MET? Not really
Krishnamurthy Sairam


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-03-21
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.680
Impact of ureteric stent on outcome of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy: A propensity score analysis.
Krystian Kaczmarek, Adam Gołąb, Hakan Turk
Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) is one of the most frequently performed procedures in patients with urolithiasis. For ureter-localized stones, SWL is often preceded by a double J stent insertion. However, fear of serious complications, including sepsis caused that stents, are often expressed. The following study assessed the impact of stent insertions on the results of SWL in patients with ureteric stones.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-05-12
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.792
Day care PNL using 'Santosh-PGI hemostatic seal' versus standard PNL: A randomized controlled study
Santosh Kumar, Shivanshu Singh, Prashant Singh, Shrawan Kumar Singh
To compare the outcome of tubeless day-care PCNL using hemostatic seal in the access tract with standard PCNL.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-05-09
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.779
A novel dosimeter for measuring the amount of radiation exposure of surgeons during percutaneous nephrolithotomy: Instadose
Emrah Yuruk, Gokhan Gureser, Murat Tuken, Kasim Ertas, Ege Can Serefoglu
The aim of this study is to demonstrate the efficacy of Instadose™, a novel dosimeter designed for radiation workers to provide measurement of radiation dose at any time from any computer, in determining the amount of radiation exposure during percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) and evaluate the factors that affect the amount of radiation exposed.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-05-10
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.828
Quality of life in penile carcinoma patients - post-total penectomy
Roman Sosnowski, Marta Kulpa, Urszula Ziętalewicz, Jan Karol Wolski, Olga Kuczkiewicz, Katarzyna Moskal, Michał Szymański, Tomasz Kalinowski, Tomasz Demkow
Total amputation, as the treatment for advanced penile cancer, significantly debilitates the patient's quality of life and sexual function. The aim of the study was to assess the quality of life in patients who had undergone total penectomy.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-05-09
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.783
Does inguinal hernia repair have an effect on sexual functions?
Mehmet Giray Sönmez, Bilgehan Çagdaş Sonbahar, Gül Bora, Necdet Özalp, Cengiz Kara
The aim of this study is to evaluate sexual functions which emerge due to inguinal hernia and may change after hernia surgery.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-03-24
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.757
Long ureteric stricture replacement by buccal mucosa graft: an Armenian experience case series report
Arman Tsaturyan, Kristina Akopyan, Arthur Levonyan, Ashot Tsaturyan
The aim of this study is too demonstrate the results of  a case series concerning the replacement of long ureteric strictures using buccal mucosa grafts.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-03-06
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.715
Jose Arnaldo Shiomi da Cruz, Bruno de Mattos, Miguel Srougi, Hiep Nguyen, Francisco Denes, Amilcar Giron, Carlo Passerotti
Bladder exstrophy (BE) is a rare condition that requires complex surgical corrections to achieve the goals of bladder functionality, normal sexual function, continence, and finally cosmesis. The purpose of this study was to identify clinical parameters that predict better quality of life (QOL) scores using a validated questionnaire (SF-36) with young adults after completing surgical reconstruction.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-05-09
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.770
Melatonin protects kidney against apoptosis induced by acute unilateral ureteral obstruction in rats
Mehmet Erol Yildirim, Hüseyin Badem, Muzaffer Cakmak, Hakki Yilmaz, Bahadir Kosem, Omer Faruk Karatas, Reyhan Bayrak, Ersin Cimentepe
To investigate whether there was a protective effect of melatonin on apoptotic mechanisms after an acute unilateral obstruction of the kidney.


Editorial Referring2016-05-10
doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.852
The multiple biological action potential of melatonin - is melatonin, mitochondria and the ischemic /reperfusion injury relationship essential in the pathogenesis of obstructive nephropathy?
Kajetan Juszczak, Tomasz Drewa


doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.682
Robotic Genitalia Sparing Female Cystectomy
Erdal Alkan, Abdullah Erdem Canda, Altug Semiz, Ahmet Oguz Ozkanli, Merve Yilmaz, Mevlana Derya Balbay
Here our surgical technique on robotic genitalia preserving female cystectomy is presented. A 59 year-old female patient with muscle invasive bladder cancer was referred to our hospital for robotic radical cystectomy and intracorporeal Studer-pouch construction. Incomplete trans urethral resection of bladder cancer was performed 2 months ago at a peripheral hospital and pathological examination revealed muscle invasive, high-grade papillary urothelial carcinoma (T2GIII).


doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.684
Robotic intracorporeal studerpouch construction after genitalia preserving female cystectomy
Erdal Alkan, Abdullah Erdem Canda, Mirac Turan, Ahmet Oguz Ozkanli, Merve Yilmaz, Mevlana Derya Balbay
In this video, our technique of robotic intracorporeal Studer pouch construction specifically punctuating our suturing and stenting techniques are presented. A 63 year-old female patient with muscle invasive bladder cancer was referred to our hospital for robotic radical cystectomy and intracorporeal Studer-pouch construction. Her pathological stage prior to radical cystectomy was T1GIII, and the tumor was spread out all over the bladder mucosa in the endoscopic examination.


doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.721
Laparoscopic ultrasound assisted laparoscopic retroperitoneal schwannoma excision
Omer Demir, Volkan Sen, Ozan Bozkurt, Mustafa Secil, Adil Esen
Schwannomas are rare, benign tumors that originate from the neural sheath. Rarely, schwannomas can arise from the retroperitoneum and adrenal medulla [1,2]. We describe a case of a 61-y-old man who presented with an incidentally discovered retroperitoneal tumor near right adrenal gland.. A 61 year old male patient presented with a severe right flank pain. He had no hematuria, dysuria or any urological symptoms. Metanephrin and normethanephrine levels were increased in 2-hour urine test.


doi: 10.5173/ceju.2016.689
Robotic-assisted bladder diverticulectomy
Murat Mehmet Rifaioglu, Indra Warman, Jens Rassweiler, Ali Serdar Gözen
Our aim is to present surgical technique and outcome of robotic-assisted bladder diverticulectomy (RABD).. A 60-year-old patient diagnosed with bladder diverticulum in the right cranial side of his bladder underwent RABD. We inserted 6 F double J stent on the right side before the procedure. A transperitoneal approach was preferred with patient position and port placement similar to that of robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy . Total operative time was 60 minutes.


Dear Colleagues!

Please forgive me for this somewhat reflective mood, but it is caused by the up- coming end of the 2015-2018 term of the PUA Executive Board. As you probably know, the Editor-in-Chief of the Central European Journal of Urology is appointed by the PUA Executive Board, which is why this introductory article is somewhat of a summary.

So then, for this reason, I would like to share some information about the development of the journal. The journal is developing very well. When analyzing the names of the authors, we can see that we are recognizable not only in Europe but also around the world. Urologists from large academic centers publish their articles in our journal. We operate on an "open access" basis and therefore do not charge any fees. This is undoubtedly an asset. An expression of this is the growing number of our citations. The CiteScore coefficient for the Central European Journal of Urology is currently 1.11, while last year it was 0.70. The systematic increase in citations year by year sets the stage to move us from Emerging Cites Sources and promote us to the Science Citation Index Expanded, managed by Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, which is associated with the granting of the socalled "Impact Factor". I first submitted our journal in 2015 and the assessment, at that time made by Thomson Reuters, was that we should remain in the "waiting room", and therefore we were included in Emerging Sources Citation Index. I submitted my second request for re-assessment at the end of 2017 and I am currently awaiting an answer. I hope to get a positive decision.

Building a urological journal in Europe is not a simple task. We already have journals of recognized position and reputation, such as European Urology, European Urology Focus, as well as World Journal of Urology, Urologia Internationalis, Scandinavian Journal of Urology and International Urology and Nephrology. There are also newly created journals such as European Urology Oncology which has very strong support from the European Association of Urology. We must show that we are needed in Central Europe! We do not have anything to prove!

The standing of a scientific journal depends firstly on the quality of the materials submitted, that is from the authors' workshops. However, this is only one side of the coin!

The team of people who verifies submitted scientific materials is also very crucial. This is probably the most important thing that I would like to convey. Usually, I do not officially direct words of thanks to my colleagues, because I think that they consciously chose the tasks they carry out in their lives. At this point, however, at the end of the 2015-2018 term of the PUA Executive Board, I would like to thank Dr. Bartosz Dybowski, my assistant Editor-in-Chief, for the enormous amount of work and time devoted to the extremely professional preparation of each issue. His ex- pert knowledge and availability could be the envy of many a manager. Without the hard work of Dr. Dybowski, this journal would not look like it does today, and the choice of his person for this position was certainly the right one.

I would also like to personally thank our section editors for their hard work and input. Przemysław Adamczyk, Ewa Bres-Niewada, Stefan Buntrock, Abdullah Erdem Canda, Michał Ciszek, Olga Dolejšová, Simona Di Francesco, Jan Hrbáček, Kajetan Juszczak, George Kasyan, Daimantas Milonas, Maciej Salagierski and Przemysław Waliszewski have always stood up to the task. Dear Colleagues, I know how much you have done for the journal, I appreciate it, and I will always remember your commitment.

Nothing could be done without the huge backing of internationally recognized professionals, without which the magazine would not be in the right form and would not grow. The Consulting Editors and the Editorial Board are these advisory bodies that I would like to thank for their knowledgeable comments and support in making difficult decisions.

Also, I would like to recognize the Reviewers, who often work "behind the scenes" but are nonetheless extremely helpful. Their complete independence allows them to give us their wise and unbiased opinions. Thank you for your support during the entire 2015-2018 term.

In conclusion, it is my sincere hope that the journal will continue to develop even better and even more vigorously in the coming years.

Tomasz Drewa


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The Editorial Office would like to inform all interested parties that in Central European Journal of Urology an article entitled "Efficacy of holmium laser urethrotomy and intralesional injection of Santosh PGI tetra-inject (Triamcinolone, Mitomycin C, Hyaluronidase and N-acetyl cysteine) on the outcome of urethral strictures" [Kumar S, Kishore L, Sharma AP, Garg N, Singh SK. Cent European J Urol. 2015; 68: 462-465] was published which is very similar to the article entitled "Efficacy of Optical Internal Urethrotomy and Intralesional Injection of Vatsala-Santosh PGI Tri-Inject (Triamcinolone, Mitomycin C, and Hyaluronidase) in the Treatment of Anterior Urethral Stricture" published in Advances in Urology [Kumar S, Garg N, Singh SK, Mandal AK. Adv Urol. 2014; 2014: 192710. doi: 10.1155/2014/192710. Epub 2014 Oct 1].

The authors of these articles did not inform the CEJU Editorial Office about the prior publication of an article with a similar subject matter nor did they refer to it in their References section.

The Editorial Office regrets the existing situation.