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Intraperitoneal bladder explosion during transurethral surgery
  1. Jagdish Gupta and
  2. Archit Gupta
  1. General Surgery, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Archit Gupta, archit9th{at}


Transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) is the most common operation performed for obstruction secondary to prostatic enlargement. Though considered as a safe procedure, occasionally life-threatening complications may be seen. Intravesical explosion, secondary to ignition by diathermy of the accumulated mixture of hydrogen, hydrocarbons and higher concentration of oxygen, is a rarely reported complication (only 38 cases reported until). We are reporting a 60-year-old man suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia in whom during TURP bladder explosion occurred which was suspected early and immediately explored and repaired leading to a favourable outcome.

  • prostate
  • urological surgery
  • general surgery
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  • Contributors JG manuscript editing, intellect and guarantor. AG has searched the literature and prepared the manuscript.

  • 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.

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

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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