Bladder leak post radical prostatectomy

Case contributed by Dr Nolan Walker


10 weeks post radical prostatectomy. Cystoscopy requested for ? anastamotic leak.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male


Approximately 150 ml of Urograffin was instilled into the bladder via the urinary catheter under fluoroscopic guidance.

The patient started to feel discomfort, so no more contrast was administered.

No leak was demonstrated at first.

The urethral catheter was then advanced into the bladder manually by approximately 1 cm.

A significant leak of contrast then occurred from the bladder neck.

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the importance of advancing the urethral catheter into the bladder when assessing for bladder and proximal urethral leaks with fluoroscopy.

The catheter balloon is capable of completely sealing the leak, and so has to be advanced or deflated (although this risks dislodging the catheter), in order to reliably assess for a leak.

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Case information

rID: 34569
Published: 26th Feb 2015
Last edited: 23rd May 2020
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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