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Pediatr Surg Int. 2004 Jun;20(6):449-54. Epub 2004 Apr 17.

Traumatic posterior urethral disruptions in boys: experience with the perineal/perineal-transpubic approach in ten cases.

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  • 1Department of Paediatric Surgery, St. John's Medical College Hospital, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, 560034 Bangalore, India.


The management of traumatic posterior urethral disruption in children has ranged from primary realignment/repair to delayed urethroplasty. The operative approach may be perineal or transpubic; the advocates of either cite comparable outcome. The anatomic considerations in a child differ from the adult and the management is individualized. We present our experience with the perineal/perineal-transpubic approach in the management of traumatic posterior urethral disruptions in ten boys. A preliminary suprapubic cystostomy was followed by a delayed urethroplasty after comprehensive investigations to delineate the pathoanatomy of the disruption. The urethroplasty began with a perineal exposure and progressed to varying extents to achieve a satisfactory urethral anastomosis. Four cases of bulbomembranous disruption were repaired by perineal approach, whereas six cases of prostatomembranous disruption required a perineal-transpubic approach. Permutations of operative techniques (circumurethral mobilization, corporeal separation/urethral rerouting, pubectomy and omentoplasty) were used. The follow-up assessed micturition patterns, urinary continence and penile erections. At a mean follow-up of 5 years (1.5-12 years), all ten boys void in a good stream and are continent. All have normal penile erections, posture and gait. The paper discusses the rationale and outcome of our management.

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