International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 313–319

The Use of Polytetrafluoroethylene (Gore-Tex) Grafts in Reconstruction of the Urinary Bladder


  • F. M. Senel
    • Department of UrologyAbant Izzet Baysal University, Düzce Medical School
  • R. Y. Akman
    • Department of UrologyAbant Izzet Baysal University, Düzce Medical School
  • A. Y. Arikan
    • Department of General SurgeryAbant Izzet Baysal University, Düzce Medical School
  • M. Gürdal
    • Department of UrologyHaydarpaşa Numune Hospital
  • C. Can
    • Department of PathologyGülhane Military Medical School

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007117917974

Cite this article as:
Senel, F.M., Akman, R.Y., Arikan, A.Y. et al. Int Urol Nephrol (1999) 31: 313. doi:10.1023/A:1007117917974


The safety and histopathologic effects of polytetrafluoroethylene (Gore-Tex) grafts in reconstruction of the urinary bladder were examined. Following partial excision of the bladder Gore-Tex was placed, and the rats were sacrificed at days 7, 14 and 30. Gore-Tex did not cause urine infection, and there was no peritonitis or sepsis in any of the rats. Inflammation around the Gore-Tex diminished after four weeks. Some mononuclear cells and exudate were observed on the inner surface of the Gore-Tex. There was no inflammation or fibrosis in the mucosa and muscular layers of the remaining bladder. In this study the Gore-Tex graft was found to be an infection resistant, urine impermeable material, with no adverse effects on the urinary bladder. Gore-Tex is suggested as a safe material for the reconstruction of the urinary bladder.

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