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Bipolar button‑electrode plasma vaporization of the prostate: An effective option for patients with post‑brachytherapy retention

  • Authors:
    • Yiwei Lin
    • Ben Liu
    • Liping Xie
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  • Published online on: August 5, 2015     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2015.2671
  • Pages: 1309-1310
  • Copyright: © Lin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

Urinary retention is a common urinary complication following brachytherapy for prostate cancer. When conservative therapy has failed, surgical intervention, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), is performed. In the present case, it was found that conventional bipolar TURP was an inappropriate choice of therapy, since the electrical loop could easily rupture and discharge sparks when encountering the seeds intraoperatively; however, bipolar button‑electrode plasma vaporization of the prostate was proven to be a much safer technique. The ‘button‑type’ electrode, which has a larger contacting surface, was firm enough to tolerate the transient high levels of energy generated by the short circuit and enable the safe completion of the procedure.
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October 2015
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Lin, Y., Liu, B., & Xie, L. (2015). Bipolar button‑electrode plasma vaporization of the prostate: An effective option for patients with post‑brachytherapy retention. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 10, 1309-1310. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2015.2671
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Lin, Y., Liu, B., Xie, L."Bipolar button‑electrode plasma vaporization of the prostate: An effective option for patients with post‑brachytherapy retention". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 10.4 (2015): 1309-1310.
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Lin, Y., Liu, B., Xie, L."Bipolar button‑electrode plasma vaporization of the prostate: An effective option for patients with post‑brachytherapy retention". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 10, no. 4 (2015): 1309-1310. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2015.2671