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Prog Urol. 2005 Feb;15(1):23-9; discussion 29.

[Complications of Bricker ileal conduit urinary diversion: analysis of a series of 246 patients].

[Article in French]

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Clinique Urologique, CHU Hôtel-Dieu, Nantes, France.



The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the mortality and early and late morbidities of Bricker ileal conduit urinary diversion.


Between January 1990 and December 2002, 246 Bricker ileal conduit urinary diversion was performed in our centre in 164 males (67%) and 82 females (33%) with a mean age of 64 years (range: 9 to 90 years). Bricker diversion was performed in 73.6% of cases for underlying tumour (prostate, bladder, cervical, colon cancer), and in 26.4% of cases for benign disease (neurogenic bladder radiation bladder bladder exstrophy, incrusting cystitis). Cystectomy was associated with Bricker diversion in 62.2% of cases. The mean follow-up was 24 months (range: 1 to 151 months). The following parameters were studied: mortality and early and late medical or surgical, urological and gastrointestinal complications.


The postoperative mortality was 6.9% (17 deaths, 16 in patients in whom Bricker diversion was performed for cancer). The early morbidity was marked by gastrointestinal complications (ileus, fistula, evisceration) in 46 cases (1.7%), 25 of which required re-operation. A medical complication was observed in 41 patients (16.7% of the series), responsible for 60% of the postoperative mortality (10 of the 17 deaths). A urinary fistula was observed in 7 patients (2.8%). The late morbidity consisted of parietal complications (incisional hernia, peristomal hernia, stricture of the stoma) in 18.3% of cases. Urological complications consisted of acute pyelonephritis (11%), ureteroileal stricture (4.9%) and urinary stones (4.9%).


Bricker ileal conduit urinary diversion is associated with considerable mortality, especially in cancer patients. Early complications are essentially gastrointestinal, while late complications tend to be parietal or urological.

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