What are complications of urinary diversion following cystectomy for bladder cancer?

Updated: Feb 23, 2021
  • Author: Kara N Babaian, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Complications of urinary diversion include the following:

  • Hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis - If the ileum or colon is used
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Stomal-peristomal inflammation, hernia, or stenosis
  • Urinary calculi
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency - For diversions affecting the terminal ileum
  • Ureterointestinal stenosis leading to hydronephrosis

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