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2016 Vol. 69 No. 3

Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-06-05
Evaluation of TKTL1 as a biomarker in serum of prostate cancer patients
Igor Tsaur, Kristina Thurn, Eva Juengel, Elsie Oppermann, Karen Nelson, Christian Thomas, Georg Bartsch, Gerhard M. Oremek, Axel Haferkamp, Peter Rubenwolf, Roman A. Blaheta
Monocyte associated transketolase-like 1 (TKTL1) as a cancer biomarker has become popular with alternative practitioners, but plays no role in conventional medicine. This investigation evaluates the potential of serum TKTL1 as a biomarker for prostate cancer.


Review Paper2016-06-12
Uroplakins and their potential applications in urology
Michal Andrzej Matuszewski, Krzysztof Tupikowski, Łukasz Dołowy, Beata Szymańska, Janusz Dembowski, Romuald Zdrojowy
Urothelium is a highly specialized type of epithelium covering the interior of the urinary tract. One of the structures responsible for its unique features are urothelial plaques formed from glycoprotein heteropolymers, the uroplakins. Four types of uroplakins are known – UPIa, UPIb, UPII, UPIII. Herein we review the current status of knowledge about uroplakins and discuss their potential clinical applications.


Review Paper2016-06-08
Role of angiogenesis in urothelial bladder carcinoma
Łukasz Piotr Fus, Barbara Górnicka
Bladder cancer is the most common urinary tract malignancy in western countries. In recent years, extensive research has suggested that angiogenesis plays an important role in bladder cancer biology, contributing to tumor growth and progression.


Review Paper2016-06-08
Salvage local therapy for radiation-recurrent prostate cancer – where we are?
Romuald Zdrojowy, Janusz Dembowski, Bartosz Małkiewicz, Krzysztof Tupikowski, Wojciech Krajewski
Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer among males in Europe and a leading cause of cancer deaths, with similar proportion in other developed countries. For more than twenty years, external-beam radiation therapy, alongside with radical prostatectomy, has been used as a primary radical therapeutic approach for localized prostate cancer. Yet, EBRT failures relate to 22–69% following curative radiotherapy (± androgen deprivation therapy). Additionally, a proportion of these men will have a biopsy-proven local recurrence.


Case Report2016-08-23
Laparoscopic nephrectomy in a hemophilia B patient
Slawomir Gajda, Tomasz Szopiński, Andrzej B. Szczepanik, Roman Sosnowski, Anna M. Szczepanik
Surgery in patients with hemophilia is a serious challenge. We present here the first case of transperitoneal laparoscopic radical nephrectomy (TLRN) with adrenal gland saving for renal clear-cell carcinoma, performed in hemophilia B patient. The level of factor IX clotting activity before surgery and on postoperative days 1-6 was maintained at 65-130 % and at 30-0 % on subsequent days until post-operative wound healed. The intraoperative period and postoperative course was uneventful. In hemophilia patients the TLRN procedure requires proper preparation as well as adequate substitution therapy for the deficient coagulation factor provided by a multidisciplinary team in comprehensive center.


Review Paper2016-06-13
Optimal management of lower pole stones: the direction of future travel
Sacha L. Moore, Ewa Bres-Niewada, Paul Cook, Hannah Wells, Bhaskar K. Somani
Kidney stone disease is increasing worldwide with its most common location being in the lower pole. A clear strategy for effective management of these stones is essential in the light of ever increasing choice, effectiveness, and complications of different treatment options.


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-06-10
Effectiveness of 'on demand' silodosin in the treatment of premature ejaculation in patients dissatisfied with dapoxetine: a randomized control study
Gajanan S. Bhat, Anuradha Shastry
Premature ejaculation is a common sexual disorder, which is usually underreported. Multiple treatment methodologies are in use due to the absence of an effective, universally acceptable treatment modality. The most common drug used in this respect is dapoxetine, which also has adverse effects limiting its long-term use. Hence, we decided to evaluate the effectiveness of 'on demand' silidosin 4 mg in patients with premature ejaculation, who were dissatisfied with dapoxetine 30 mg.


Case Report2016-07-21
The effect of seasonal variation on sexual behaviors in males and its correlation with hormone levels: a prospective clinical trial
Aslan Demir, Mehmet Uslu, Omer Erkam Arslan
The insertion of foreign bodies into the male urethra is not an uncommon urological presentation. Superglue is a material that can potentially cause significant complications if instilled into the urethra.
We describe a successful case of delayed (six months) removal of superglue from a 39 year old male's urethra having failed to remove the material at initial presentation.


Review Paper2016-08-23
Surgical technique for the delayed removal of superglue from the male urethra
Matthew James Young, Timothy Noblet, Stephanie J. Symons
Social Media (SoMe) includes a broad spectrum of public use platforms like Twitter, Youtube or Facebook that have changed the way humans interact and communicate. Considering high usage rates for various SoMe platforms among urologists, we aimed to perform a review regarding opportunities, applications, appropriate use and new horizons of SoMe in urology.


Editorial Referring
Social Media in Urology: opportunities, applications, appropriate use and new horizons
Juan Gómez Rivas, Moises Rodriguez Socarras, Leonardo Tortolero Blanco


Author's Reply2016-07-25
Social Media - the growing role in urology
Roman Sosnowski, Artur Lemiński, Marc van Gurp


Reply to: Sosnowski R, Lemiński A, van Gurp M. Social Media - the growing role in urology. Cent European J Urol. 2016; 69: 299-300.
Leonardo Tortolero Blanco, Juan Gómez Rivas, Moises Rodriguez Socarras


Editorial Referring2016-08-09
LithoVue™: A new single-use digital flexible ureteroscope
Salvatore Butticč, Tarik Emre Sener, Christopher Netsch, Esteban Emiliani, Rosa Pappalardo, Carlo Magno


Original Basic Research And Clinical Articles2016-06-17
Urological complications after renal transplantation - a single centre experience
Wojciech Krajewski, Janusz Dembowski, Anna Kołodziej, Bartosz Małkiewicz, Krzysztof Tupikowski, Michał Matuszewski, Paweł Chudoba, Maria Boratyńska, Marian Klinger, Romuald Zdrojowy
Urological complications after renal transplantation occur in between 2.5% and 30% of all graft recipients. The aim of the study was to present 7 years of experience in urological treatment of patients with a transplanted kidney. We aimed to identify retrospectively late urological complications in renal transplant recipients at a single center and analyze the treatment modalities and their outcome.


Transvesical laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (T-LESS) to remove an unusual foreign body from the bladder
Maciej Przudzik, Michał Borowik, Roman Łesiów, Zbigniew Purpurowicz, Marek Roslan
Foreign bodies in the bladder are quite common disorders of the lower urinary tract. Most of them originate from various surgical procedures but rarely are a consequence of transurethral self-insertion, as a result of sexual curiosity or autoerotic stimulation. From 2006 to 2015, in our center the prevalence of this condition was 0.05%, but only six (0.02%) of the cases were due to sexual curiosity. A standard 10-mm optic and straight laparoscopic instruments were used. Blood loss was minimal.


Laparoscopic calyceal diverticulectomy
Cristina Bonastre, Gabriel Briones
Calyceal diverticulum are  cystic cavities within renal parenchyma lined by nonsecretory epithelium and  communicating with  the  collecting system via a  narrow channel. Usually they are  asymptomatic and under one centimeter. The indications of surgical treatment are usually the symptomatic ones (hematuria, pain, infection), in  most cases associated with  the  calculi. The ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) showed a large upper pole renal abscess.


Letter to the Editor2016-07-05
Ureteroscopy for stones in solitary kidney: Preferred not just a standard option
Patrick Jones, Bhavan Rai, Anngona Ghosh, Bhaskar K. Somani


Scientific integrity also concerns editors and publishers

Recently, there have been many dishonest propositions from scientific publishing houses and publishers. Authors receive offers to publish articles in journals of questionable reputability and often an unfairly created image which portrays a resemblance of a journal with high standards possessing an Impact Factor, generated by Clarivate Analytics (previously Thomson Reuters).

Many trademarks imitating the "original" Impact Factor have appeared. These trademarks entice authors to publish articles in journals which do not appear in the Science Citation Index Expanded database, managed by Clarivate Analytics. These journals of course have their own unique impact factors, but they are not indexed by Clarivate Analytics. Authors publish their articles in these journals only to later find out that they will not be indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded database. Often, these articles cannot be then withdrawn because after an article is assigned a DOI number, it cannot be published in another journal as this would be considered plagiarism. Subsequently, these journals may demand up to a few thousand dollars from authors in order to withdraw their articles.

Why am I writing about this? I am writing about this because I think that editors and publishers must be honest and present credible offers to authors. In my opinion, impact factors that are not the result of parameters calculated by Clarivate Analytics should not be used, even if they are trademarks. In scientific research, the concept of an "Impact Factor" has existed for too long for it to be used by other institutions, even if it is calculated fairly and called an "unofficial impact factor". This is simply a case of scientific integrity.

The SCOPUS database has come up with a very good solution to this problem by naming their impact factor "CiteScore". This is a fair approach to authors by publishers.

As editors and publishers, we must also have an honest approach to scientific research.

Dear authors, please look out for journals which advertise various new impact factors. Before you submit your articles to a journal, make sure to check first in which database it is indexed.

With kind regards,
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.