Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: It was aimed to describe the external-internal ureteral catheterization technique and evaluate its safety, efficacy, and reliability in iatrogenic and traumatic ureteral injuries.Materials and methods: A retrospective review was performed on patients with iatrogenic and traumatic ureteral injury, treated using the external-internal ureteral catheterization technique between May 2012 and January 2018 in our hospital. A total of 14 patients were investigated with clinical, postoperative, and follow-up findings, as well as technical outcomes.Results: The urology, gynecology, and general surgery departments referred patients for treatment at a rate of 57% (n = 8), 36% (n = 5), and 7% (n = 1), respectively. The causes were urological procedures for lithiasis (43%, n = 6), gynecological surgery (36%, n = 5), rectosigmoid surgery (7%, n = 1), penetrating injury (7%, n = 1), and partial nephrectomy (7%, n = 1). The most commonly affected segment was the distal third of the ureter, at a rate of 79% (n = 11). The mean duration of catheterization in all of the patients was 39 days. The overall technical success was 100% and no major complications occurred.Conclusion: The external-internal ureteral catheterization technique in patients with ureteral injury is easy to apply and effective not only in reducing costs but also complications that may result from recurrent percutaneous interventions.


Ureter, injuries, catheterization

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