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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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ARGUELLES SALIDO, Enrique et al. Selective arterial embolization in the treatment of non tractable hematuria. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.5, pp.453-457. ISSN 0004-0614.

OBJECTIVES: Non tractable hematuria has a varied etiology. It may be a complication difficult to treat. We report the case treated in our hospital by selective arterial embolization. METHODS: We report the case of an 86-year-old patient who underwent radiotherapy for transitional cell carcinoma. Later on, she presented with hematuria, not responding to usual therapeutic management. Urinary diversion did not solve the problem either. We decided to proceed with selective arterial embolization of the hypogastric arteries using polyvinylalcohol microspheres and metallic coils. RESULTS: Hematuria disappeared after embolization, without the recurrence after nine months of follow-up. Immediate outcome was characterized by a post-embolization syndrome which was treated with antipyretics, antibiotic and morphine derivatives. It diminished progressively and disappeared in 48 hours. CONCLUSIONS: Arterial selective embolization is a useful therapeutic resource for the management of non tractable hematuria, mainly in cancer patients, which present a deteriorated general status.

Keywords : Embolization; Hematuria; Bladder; Hemorrhagic cystitis.

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