OBJECTIVE: To examine the most cited literature in urethral reconstruction, review types of work published, and observe research trends. METHODS: The Web of Sciences Sci-Expanded Index was used to conduct a search for urethral reconstruction. References were assessed for relevance to urethral reconstruction by 2 independent reviewers and a final list of the top 100 articles ranked by citation count was obtained. For each article, citation count, publication date, corresponding author, origin institution, origin country, topic area, study design, level of evidence, and origin journal were collected. RESULTS: The mean citation count per publication was 108 (median = 94.5; range = 69-366, SD = 43) with a total of 10,874 citations for all papers since 1970. The top 100 articles were published between 1973 and 2011, came from 19 different countries and 16 different journals. Nearly half were case series and most studies were Level III evidence or lower. The United States was the largest contributor to the top 100 with 56 publications, followed by Italy (14), England (12), and Egypt (7). “Outcomes of surgical treatment for urethral stricture disease” was the most prevalent topic area comprising 55 articles in the top 100, with most articles including descriptions or outcomes of novel surgical techniques. CONCLUSION: In this study, we discovered that the most cited literature in the field of urethral reconstruction is singularly focused and lacking in high levels of evidence. The top 100 cited articles originate primarily from the United States, focus on short-term outcomes after surgical treatment for urethral stricture disease, and are predominantly case series.
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