Preoperative Radiographic Staging for Ureteral Injuries Is Not Warranted In Patients Undergoing Celiotomy for Trauma

Digiacomo, J. Christopher; Shaftwan, Gerald W.; Frankel, Heidi; Rotondo, Michael F.; Schwab, C. William
October 2001
American Surgeon;Oct2001, Vol. 67 Issue 10, p969
Academic Journal
Preoperative radiographic staging of the urinary tract has been shown to be inaccurate with regard to the ureter. The purpose of this study was to assess the need for radiographic staging of the injured patient for the diagnosis of ureteral injury before operative exploration. We conducted a retrospective review of all patients who sustained injury of the ureter as the result of external trauma over an 8 1/2-year period at an urban and suburban Level I trauma center. All patients were injured through penetrating mechanisms and underwent laparotomy. Only three patients had preoperative radiographic staging of the urinary tract. No ureteral injuries were missed. We conclude that surgical exploration of the ureter is sufficiently accurate to obviate the need for preoperative radiographic staging of the ureters in patients who have sustained penetrating injury and warrant laparotomy.


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