Transurethral ablation of a prostatic utricle cyst with the use of a holmium laser

Holmium laser is a safe and effective method of transurethral management of obstructing prostatic utricle cysts causing pelvic pain and seminal obstruction with infertility.

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Volume 110, Issue 7, Pages 1410–1411

Authors:

Luís F. Sávio, M.D., Robert J. Carrasquillo, M.D., Justin M. Dubin, M.D., Hemendra Shah, M.D., Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D.

Abstract:

Objective

To demonstrate a safe and effective approach to the treatment of obstructing midline prostate utricle cyst with the use of a holmium laser.

Design

Video presentation.

Setting

University hospital.

Patient(s)

A 33-year-old man presented with chronic pelvic pain, pain with ejaculation, and infertility. Semen analysis demonstrated oligoasthenospermia with poor viability and computerized tomographic scan identified the presence of a midline 2–3-cm prostatic cyst with dilated seminal vesicles bilaterally. Transrectal ultrasound in the office confirmed the diagnosis of midline obstructing prostatic utricle cyst and estimated the distance from the urethra.

Intervention(s)

Transurethral ablation of a midline prostate utricle cyst with the use of a holmium laser.

Main Outcome Measure(s)

Intraoperative technique highlighting the main steps for a transurethral ablation of a midline prostate utricle cyst with the use of a holmium laser.

Result(s)

This video highlights the technique for transurethral ablation of a midline prostate utricle cyst with the use of a holmium laser to unroof the cyst. Retrograde vesiculography was performed to confirm patency of the ejaculatory ducts. Outpatient surgery was tolerated well and the patient was discharged. After surgery at 4 weeks, his symptoms had abated and semen analysis revealed normozoospermia.

Conclusion(s)

We demonstrate safe and effective transurethral ablation of a midline prostate utricle cyst with the use of a holmium laser. Preoperative transrectal ultrasound or cross-sectional imaging can be useful for operative planning. When the orifices of the ejaculatory ducts can be identified, vesiculography can be performed to confirm patency of the ducts and seminal vesicles after relief of the obstructing cyst.


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