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Br J Urol. 1993 Sep;72(3):318-21.

Transurethral resection for a large prostate--is it safe?

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Department of Urology, St Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester.


A retrospective self-audit exercise was undertaken on 47 men who underwent transurethral resection of the prostate and in whom the resected weight was 80 g or more. The operative mortality and morbidity rates were 6 and 55% respectively, being highest in the "very old and unfit" group (22 and 88%). The complication rate increased if the resected prostatic weight was 100 g or more, or if the resection time exceeded 75 min. It was concluded that careful selection of patients is necessary before undertaking TUR for a large gland.

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