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Prophylactic pre-operative bilateral ureteric catheters for major gynaecological surgery.
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PMID:  23616087     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: The use of prophylactic pre-operative bilateral ureteric catheters for major gynaecological surgery is controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of ureteric catheter-associated morbidity in our Unit, where systematic pre-operative ureteric catheterisation is performed. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective casenote review of 337 gynaecology patients undergoing laparotomy at Salford Royal Hospital between January 2007 and September 2010. RESULTS: The mean age was 56.36 (range 17-89). Procedures included TAH BSO (n = 249, 74 %), BSO (n = 17, 5 %), radical hysterectomy (n = 36, 11 %), and other (n = 35, 10 %), for indications of ovarian (n = 189, 56 %), uterine (n = 88, 26 %) or cervical cancer (n = 18, 5.3 %), massive fibroids (n = 27, 8 %), severe endometriosis (n = 6, 1.78 %), or other (n = 9, 2.67 %). Bilateral ureteric catheters were attempted in most patients and successfully placed in 315/337 (93 %) patients. In 22 patients (7 %), either no ureteric catheters or a single ureteric catheter was placed due to pre-existing ureteric anomaly, technical difficulty, or surgeon choice. Bilateral ureteric catheterisation took an average of 5.4 min (SD 2.0, range 3.2-9.2) for an experienced consultant or 8.4 min (SD 3.9, range 6.4-18.6) for an SpR trainee to complete. There were no intra-operative ureteric complications. Post-operative complications included urinary tract infection (5/337 patients, 1.48 %), acute renal failure (2/337, 0.6 %), and uretero-vaginal fistulae (1/337 patients, 0.3 %). CONCLUSIONS: Prophylactic pre-operative ureteric catheters are quick and easy to insert and associated with low complication rates. Routine use before major gynaecological surgery can expedite intra-operative identification of the ureters and may reduce accidental ureteric injury.
Anita J Merritt; Emma J Crosbie; Judith Charova; Josephine Achiampong; Ilze Zommere; Brett Winter-Roach; Richard J Slade
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-4-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of gynecology and obstetrics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-0711     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Gynecol. Obstet.     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
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Created Date:  2013-4-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8710213     Medline TA:  Arch Gynecol Obstet     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Salford, UK.
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