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Urethral diverticulum

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The following summarized guidelines for the evaluation and management of urethral diverticulum are prepared by our editorial team based on guidelines from the European Association of Urology (EAU 2023).
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Guidelines

1.Diagnostic investigations

Clinical assessment: carefully question and investigate patients for coexisting voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence (UI).
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  • Diagnostic imaging

2.Surgical interventions

Surgical removal
Offer surgical removal of symptomatic urethral diverticulum.
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Address bothersome stress urinary incontinence during urethral diverticulectomy with a concomitant non-synthetic sling, given preoperative appropriate counseling has been provided.
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3.Patient education

General counseling
Counsel patients regarding the small (1-6%) risk of cancer developing within the diverticulum if conservative treatment is chosen.
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Counsel patients regarding the possibility of de novo or persistent LUTS, including urinary incontinence, despite technically successful urethral diverticulectomy.
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