How is iatrogenic ureteral injury defined?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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A significant ureteral injury is defined as any recognized or unrecognized iatrogenic trauma to the ureter that prevents it from functioning properly or effectively. The injury may lead to acute ureteral obstruction (eg, a ureter that is inadvertently ligated) or discontinuity (ie, inadvertent ureteral resection). Unrecognized injury to a ureter (eg, crush injury, ischemia) may lead to chronic ureteral obstruction or the formation of fistulas.

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