The 3rd edition of the European Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (ELUTS19) meeting, organised in collaboration with the International Continence Society (ICS) kick-started today in Prague, Czech Republic.
Day one launched with simultaneous commencement of the section meetings of the EAU Section of Andrological Urology (ESAU) and the EAU Section of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons (ESGURS), as well as, a masterclass organised by the European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Section of Female and Functional Urology (ESFFU).
Course Director Dr. John Heesakkers welcomed delegates of the ESU-ESFFU Masterclass on Functional Urology, which comprised of deliberations on patient cases, and exploration of developments on sexual dysfunction, neuroanatomy, and bladder pain syndrome, to name a few. The second part masterclass will resume tomorrow.
Updates at the ESAU meeting
The ESAU meeting delivered relevant updates on varicocele and azoospermia, genetic factors in male infertility, priapism, therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, and more. The meeting was overseen by ESAU Chair Prof. Nikolaos Sofikitis and Chair of the EAU Section of Urologists in Office, Prof. Dr. Helmut Haas.
In his lecture on the effects of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) on male reproductive potential, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Diemer stated that endocrine disruptors may cause testosterone deficiency; semen parameters change and motility is likely affected. He expressed caution in usage of SSRIs in men of reproductive age, and in pregnant females as it might affect a male offspring.
Peyronie’s surgery overview
“Incision is preferred over excision in the last two decades. By avoiding excision, the defect size is decreased and erectile dysfunction is also avoided,” stated Prof. Ates Kadioglu during his lecture In “Lessons learned over 20 years in Peyronie’s surgery”. He added that the graft type also changed over the last decades; from autologous material to allografts or xenografts.
In his lecture, Prof. Kadioglu said that by using geometrical principles (Egydio technique), the surgeon can easily predict the defect size which provides improved straightening of the penis.
Prof. Dr. Gert Dohle was recognised as an esteemed Honorary Member of the ESAU. Prof. Sofikitis described Prof. Dohle as “A stimulatory factor who inspired young residents and his colleagues from all over the world to love urology and to become better clinicians.”