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Urethral obstruction from dislodged bladder Diverticulum stones: a case report

Linus I Okeke, Augustine O Takure*, Sikiru A Adebayo, Olukayode Y Oluyemi and Abimbola AA Oyelekan

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Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University College Hospital, and College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

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BMC Urology 2012, 12:31  doi:10.1186/1471-2490-12-31

Published: 8 November 2012

Abstract

Background

Secondary urethral stone although rare, commonly arises from the kidneys, bladder or are seen in patients with urethral stricture. These stones are either found in the posterior or anterior urethra and do result in acute urinary retention. We report urethral obstruction from dislodged bladder diverticulum stones. This to our knowledge is the first report from Nigeria and in English literature.

Case presentation

A 69 year old, male, Nigerian with clinical and radiological features of acute urinary retention, benign prostate enlargement and bladder diverticulum. He had a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and was lost to follow up. He re-presented with retained urethral catheter of 4months duration. The catheter was removed but attempt at re-passing the catheter failed and a suprapubic cystostomy was performed. Clinical examination and plain radiograph of the penis confirmed anterior and posterior urethral stones. He had meatotomy and antegrade manual stone extraction with no urethra injury.

Conclusions

Urethral obstruction can result from inadequate treatment of patient with benign prostate enlargement and bladder diverticulum stones. Surgeons in resource limited environment should be conversant with transurethral resection of the prostate and cystolithotripsy or open prostatectomy and diverticulectomy.

Keywords:
Urethral obstruction; Diverticulum stones; Urinary retention