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Abscess formation following hydrogel spacer for prostate cancer radiotherapy: a rare complication
  1. Venetia Hoe,
  2. Henry Han-I Yao1,
  3. James G Huang1 and
  4. Mario Guerrieri2
  1. 1 Department of Urology, Footscray Hospital, Footscray, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Radiation Oncology, Genesiscare, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Mr Henry Han-I Yao; henry.yao{at}


Periprostatic abscess is a rare complication of hydrogel spacers in radiotherapy for prostate cancer. We present the case of a 61-year-old man who developed this condition. Abdominopelvis CT scan revealed a 54×35×75 mm collection in the location of the SpaceOAR, for which ultrasound-guided transperineal percutaneous drainage of the periprostatic abscess was performed. The patient remains well with serial CT scans showing near resolution of the collection.

  • prostate
  • urinary tract infections
  • interventional radiology
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  • Contributors VH and HH-IY wrote the manuscript of the case report. MG and JGH supervised the writing of the case, contributing to the clinicopathological information that formed the basis of the case, and critically reviewed and edited the manuscript prior to submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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