Case report of a posterior bladder neck disruption as a complication of a robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy published

February 13, 2017

Dr. Ali PourmandDr. Assya AbdullahDr. Hamid ShokoohiDr. Francis O'Connell

A GW Emergency Medicine team, including Dr. Pourmand, Dr. Abdullah (PGY 3), Dr. Shokoohi, Mindy Park, Marie White, and Dr. O'Connell, report a case of posterior bladder neck disruption as a complication of a robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy that presented to the emergency department as dysuria and abdominal pain following urination.

Prostate cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer diagnosed in men. Complications of prostatectomies vary and often include urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and pain, while other complications go unreported. While emergency physicians are already familiar with the more common post-operative complications presenting to their departments, including urinary retention, ileus, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolisms and urinary tract infections, they must have a high index of suspicion for rarer complications.