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Urology. 1998 Aug;52(2):291-3.

Does surgical approach affect the incidence of inflatable penile prosthesis infection?

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Division of Urology, Allegheny University Hospitals-Graduate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review retrospectively the rate of infection in 380 consecutive organically impotent men implanted with a Mentor Alpha I inflatable penile prosthesis, stratified by surgical approach (scrotal or infrapubic).

METHODS:

Data were obtained from review of medical records. One hundred percent of cases were available for a minimum postoperative follow-up of 6 months.

RESULTS:

Twenty patients had a prior penile prosthetic operation and were excluded, leaving 360 primary implants for review. Overall, 6 patients (1.7%) developed periprosthetic infection. Four of these 6 patients were diabetic. Four of 139 infrapubic cases (2.9%) and 2 of 221 scrotal cases (0.9%) developed periprosthetic infection. This difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.15). Equal proportions of the infrapubic (39.6%) and scrotal cases (40.3%) were diabetic patients. The infection rate in patients with and without diabetes was 4 of 144 (2.8%) and 2 of 216 (0.9%), respectively. This difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.18).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study indicates that there is no statistically significant difference in the infection rate when the scrotal and infrapubic approaches to inflatable penile prosthesis insertion are compared.

PMID:
9697797
DOI:
10.1016/s0090-4295(98)00186-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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