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Osteitis pubis after standard bipolar TURP surgery: insight into aetiology, diagnosis, management and prevention of this rarity
  1. Niall F Davis1,
  2. William Torregiani2,
  3. John Thornhill2
  1. 1Department of Urology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to John Thornhill, marjorie.whiteflynn{at}


Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) surgery is standard treatment for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia when medical therapy has failed. We describe a rare case of osteitis pubis secondary to a prostato-symphocoele sinus after standard bipolar TURP surgery. We also discuss diagnostic techniques and management strategies, and provide an insight into the aetiology of this rare phenomenon. Conservative management with intravenous antibiotics and an indwelling catheter was successful in our case. Treatment in more severe cases may include laparotomy with peritoneal or omental interposition or open retropubic radical prostatectomy to remove the entire sinus tract.

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