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Hydronephrosis after simple hysterectomy for benign disease: a prospective study
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery (Urology) and Radiology, Unive
Dec 1997 (Vol. 4, Issue 4, Pages( 445 - 446)

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  • OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and implications of transient asymptomatic hydronephrosis following simple hysterectomy for benign disease. METHODS: Over a 12-month period, 50 consecutive women undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy with or without bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy were evaluated. Renal ultrasound to detect asymptomatic hydronephrosis, renal function tests and urinalysis were performed preoperatively and at 3 days and 6 weeks after surgery.

    RESULTS:

    Hydronephrosis was not identified in the early or late postoperative period in any of the 50 evaluated patients. Concomitant bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy did not have any impact on this result.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    We did not find any cases of transient asymptomatic hydronephrosis occurring after simple, uncomplicated hysterectomy for benign disease. This suggests that silent ureteral dysfunction does not occur as a result of the surgical technique itself. As such, any postoperative finding of asymptomatic hydronephrosis warrants further investigation.

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