International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 8, pp 957–960

Female urethral diverticulum: a pathological insight

Authors

  • Matvey Tsivian
    • Department of Urologic SurgeryThe E. Wolfson Medical Center
    • Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv University
    • Department of Urologic SurgeryThe E. Wolfson Medical Center
    • Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv University
  • Letizia Shreiber
    • Departments of PathologyThe Edith Wolfson Medical Center
    • Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv University
  • A. Ami Sidi
    • Department of Urologic SurgeryThe E. Wolfson Medical Center
    • Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv University
  • Rumelia Koren
    • Department of PathologyRabin Medical Center, Hasharon Hospital
    • Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv University
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-009-0874-1

Cite this article as:
Tsivian, M., Tsivian, A., Shreiber, L. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2009) 20: 957. doi:10.1007/s00192-009-0874-1

Abstract

Introduction and hypothesis

In this study, we define the histopathological features of female urethral diverticula and attempt to elucidate its pathogenesis and etiology.

Methods

We analyzed 22 clinical records of women diagnosed with urethral diverticula. We collected clinical, surgical, and pathological data. Pathological re-assessment was performed using hematoxylin–eosin and van Gieson stains.

Results

The predominant epithelial types were squamous (41.9%), columnar (31.8%), combined squamous and columnar (18.2%), and cuboidal (13.6%). There was no case of the transitional type. Epithelial ulcerations were present in nine cases. The diverticular wall was composed only of fibrous collagen tissue in all cases. Inflammatory signs were noted in 77.3% of specimens.

Conclusions

Histopathological features of female urethral diverticula match the criteria for paraurethral cysts. Concomitant use of synthetic meshes should be avoided due to the possibility of an infectious etiology. Transvaginal excision of the sac is recommended, while transurethral procedures are contraindicated.

Keywords

CystDiverticulumFemalePathologyUrethra

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© The International Urogynecological Association 2009