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Bloody otorrhea after robotically assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy
Department of Urology, The University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jun  2015 (Vol.  22, Issue  3, Pages( 7834 - 7835)
PMID: 26068636


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  • Bilateral bloody otorrhea is a rare complication of surgery and to our knowledge a previously unpublished event. We review the case of a 50-year-old male who underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) with bilateral lymphadenectomy for Gleason's Score 4 + 4 = 8 prostate cancer. Bloody discharge from bilateral auditory canals was noted upon removal of the surgical drapes. Otolaryngologic examination revealed bilateral anterior auditory canal hematomas without any loss of hearing. Steep Trendelenburg position in combination with perioperative anticoagulants may have contributed to this complication. Given the rarity of this event no specific risk factors are identified.