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‘Poles apart presentation’: diagnosis and management of iatrogenic posterior urethral false tract in cases of pelvic fracture urethral injury
  1. Devanshu Bansal1,
  2. Sanjay Kumar2,3,
  3. Siddharth Jain1 and
  4. Prem Nath Dogra1
  1. 1 Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  2. 2 Urology, SMS Medical College & Attached Hospitals, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  3. 3 Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Siddharth Jain, siddharthjainvmmc{at}


Iatrogenic creation of false tract in posterior urethra while managing a case of pelvic fracture urethral injury is a dreadful complication. The spectrum of presentation ranges from complete urinary incontinence to urinary retention. We describe three such cases created due to railroading or attempted repair. Case 1 presented with total urinary incontinence following open perineal urethroplasty for posterior urethral trauma while two cases presented with failure to void after endoscopic or open surgical management for the same. One patient was managed with endoscopic resection of the septum between the false passage and true posterior urethra; two cases required redo urethroplasty. All patients voided well postoperatively and were continent. Surgeon experience and meticulous endoscopic evaluation are the keys to success. Forceful attempt at per urethral catheter placement in the acute setting should be avoided. Blind railroading of the catheter and unnecessarily forceful passage of suprapubic metal bougie during urethroplasty should be condemned.

  • urology
  • catheterisation/catheter care
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  • Contributors The authors bear full responsibility of the work and approve the final version of the manuscript. DB was involved in the collection of data, planning, conduct, reporting and design of the manuscript. SK was involved in the conduct, reporting and editing of the manuscript. SJ was involved in the planning, conduct, reporting and editing of the manuscript. PND was involved in the patient management and editing of 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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