Urinary leak following ileal conduit after a radical cystectomy is a rare yet serious complication which presents early in the postoperative period. We herein present a case of a 38-year-old man diagnosed with recurrent high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder carcinoma. He underwent robot-assisted radical cystectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection. Postoperatively, the patient developed a high output urinary fistula (800–1000 mL/day) which was confirmed by fluid creatinine levels and a contrast study. He was managed successfully with a conservative approach. The leak subsided in 6 weeks and on follow-up patient is doing well. Most of the literature favours a surgical approach in such cases, however with optimal nutritional support (enteral/parenteral), adequate diversion of urine, percutaneous drainage of undrained collections, adequate intravenous antibiotics and good nursing care, resurgery with its associated morbidity can be avoided resulting in successful outcomes.
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Contributors HST: manuscript preparation. VKP: manuscript editing. AM: primary treating consultant, final approval. RPG: data collection.
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.
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