Urinary stone management during COVID-19 pandemic

Document Type : Editorial


1 Urology Research Center, Sina Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Pathology, Isfahan Kidney Diseases Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran



Nowadays COVID19 is the major health problem all over the world. So, regarding to the highly recommended homestay strategies for prevention of COVID-19 the usual treatment platform of several diseases has changed. During self-quarantine the urolithiasis treatment is completely different. However, we can suggest conservative treatment for three months during COVID-19 outbreak and after that reevaluation of patient will be done. Thus, the operation could be chosen carefully based on patients and urologist’s preference and the rate of infection in that center.
COVID19 is now the major health concern of the century in several countries1. Due to official data, 15 September 2020 there were 29,404,719 confirmed case in the globe and there are 23,220 deaths and 404,648 Confirmed cases in Iran2. Many countries used lockdown strategy to control this outbreak. Many urological wards postponed surgeries to accommodate infected patients. Operations are limited to urological emergencies and almost all major centers have suspended non emergent urinary stone surgeries.