International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 313–319 | Cite as

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

  • F. M. Senel
  • R. Y. Akman
  • A. Y. Arikan
  • M. Gürdal
  • C. Can


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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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. M. Senel
    • 1
  • R. Y. Akman
    • 1
  • A. Y. Arikan
    • 2
  • M. Gürdal
    • 3
  • C. Can
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of UrologyAbant Izzet Baysal University, Düzce Medical SchoolDüzce
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryAbant Izzet Baysal University, Düzce Medical SchoolDüzce
  3. 3.Department of UrologyHaydarpaşa Numune HospitalIstanbul
  4. 4.Department of PathologyGülhane Military Medical SchoolAnkaraTurkey

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