Vaginourethroplasty as a salvage procedure for management of traumatic urethral rupture in a cat

Zoë J. Halfacree*, Michael S. Tivers, Daniel J. Brockman

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This report describes a cat that suffered pelvic urethral rupture associated with multiple pelvic fractures. A vaginourethroplasty was performed as a salvage procedure, via intrapelvic anastomosis of the proximal urethra to the caudal vagina, following failure of a primary urethral anastomosis. Urinary diversion was achieved via tube cystostomy and a vagino-urethral catheter was maintained for 3 days postoperatively. Anterograde cystourethrography was performed at 7 days and 14 days postoperatively. Absence of contrast leakage from the vagino-urethral anastomosis was documented at 14 days postoperatively and the tube cystostomy was removed. An Escherichia coli urinary tract infection was treated following removal of the tube cystostomy and subsequent urine culture revealed no evidence of urinary tract infection. The cat retained normal urinary continence and elimination behaviour during the 7-month follow-up period. Vaginourethroplasty could be considered as a salvage option for management of traumatic pelvic urethral rupture in the neutered female cat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-771
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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