What are the most common causes of operative ureteral injury?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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The 6 most common mechanisms of operative ureteral injury are as follows:

  • Crushing from misapplication of a clamp
  • Ligation with a suture
  • Transsection (partial or complete)
  • Angulation of the ureter with secondary obstruction
  • Ischemia from ureteral stripping or electrocoagulation
  • Resection of a segment of ureter

Any combination of these injuries may occur.

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