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Cent Afr J Med. 1991 Dec;37(12):433-5.

Closed suprapubic cystostomy: a cost-effective method for development countries.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


Acute retention of urine is a fairly common emergency problem in medical practice. Suprapubic diversion through a closed or open cystostomy is a standard procedure. In developing countries where there is paucity of skilled manpower and adequate facilities, patients' suffering may be unduly prolonged through delay. This simple cost-effective method was carried out in 15 patients without untoward morbidity. The procedure is particularly useful in rural communities where elaborate facilities are non-existent.

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