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Case report
Delayed presentation of postcaesarean section vesicouterine fistula repaired robotically
  1. Edward Ramez Latif,
  2. Mohammed Kamil Quaraishi,
  3. Davon Mitchell and
  4. Edward Streeter
  1. Department of Urology, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Edward Ramez Latif; elatif{at}wollemia.com.au

Abstract

A premenopausal patient in her late forties presented with a 15-year history of urinary incontinence starting shortly after a caesarean section performed for her fourth delivery and more recently associated episodic light haematuria and passage of clots per vagina. The haematuria was intermittent over several months and associated with per-vaginal bleeding. She had symptomatic anaemia. Flexible cystoscopy and MRI showed a vesicouterine fistula. She underwent a robotic-assisted hysterectomy and multi-layered repair of the bladder with omental interposition. She remained in the hospital for 4 days, though recovered well and underwent catheter removal at 14 days following a normal cystogram. At 3 months, she was well with no incontinence or urinary symptoms. This case demonstrates the need for vigilance in assessing patients with persistent incontinence, particularly in the context of prior caesarean section. It highlights the feasibility of robotic surgery for correcting these defects in a society where minimally invasive surgery is becoming the norm, and cosmesis is a priority for patients.

  • incontinence
  • pregnancy
  • surgery
  • urological surgery
  • hematuria

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Footnotes

  • Contributors ERL: wrote the case report and obtained patient consent. MKQ: edited and updated the section on investigations. DM: completed referencing and edited images. ES: performed the operation, wrote the section on treatment and edited the discussion.

  • 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.