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J Urol. 2019 Dec;202(6):1256-1262. doi: 10.1097/JU.0000000000000552. Epub 2019 Sep 17.

Probability of Bladder Augmentation, Diversion and Clean Intermittent Catheterization in Classic Bladder Exstrophy: A 36-Year, Multi-Institutional, Retrospective Cohort Study.

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Division of Pediatric Urology, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Section of Pediatric Urology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
Division of Pediatric Urology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Division of Pediatric Urology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Division of Pediatric Urology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota.



We assessed the probability of bladder augmentation/diversion and clean intermittent catheterization in classic bladder exstrophy in a multi-institutional cohort.


We included children born from 1980 to 2016 with bladder exstrophy and treated across 5 centers (exclusion criteria less than 1 year followup after birth, isolated epispadias, bladder exstrophy variants etc). Outcomes were probability of bladder augmentation/diversion after bladder closure and proportion of patients performing clean intermittent catheterization at last followup. Survival analysis was used.


Of 216 patients 63.4% were male (median followup 14.4 years). Overall 4 patients (1.9%) underwent primary diversion and 212 underwent primary closure (72.6% in first week of life). After primary closure 50.9% underwent augmentation, 4.7% diversion and 44.8% neither. By age 18 years 88.5% underwent a bladder neck procedure (synchronous augmentation 27.3%). On survival analysis the probability of bladder augmentation/diversion was 14.9% by age 5 years, 50.7% by 10 years and 70.1% by 18 years. Probability of bladder augmentation/diversion varied significantly between centers (p=0.01). Probability of bladder augmentation/diversion was 60.7% 10 years after bladder neck procedure. At last followup of the entire cohort 67.4% performed clean intermittent catheterization. Among 95 patients with intact native bladders 30.5% performed clean intermittent catheterization (channel 72.4%). Among 76 adults without a diversion 85.5% performed clean intermittent catheterization (augmented bladder 100.0% clean intermittent catheterization, native bladder 31.3%). Fifteen patients underwent diversion (continent 8, ureterosigmoidostomy 5, incontinent 2).


On long-term followup probability of bladder augmentation/diversion increased with age, with 1 in 2 patients by age 10 years and the majority in adulthood. Probability of bladder augmentation/diversion differed among institutions. Almost a third of patients, including adults, with a closed native bladder performed clean intermittent catheterization. Considering all adults only 14% did not perform clean intermittent catheterization.


bladder exstrophy; urinary catheterization; urinary diversion; urologic surgical procedures

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