Ureteral injuries in colorectal surgery: An analysis of trends, outcomes, and risk factors over a 10-year period in the United States

Wissam J Halabi, Mehraneh D. Jafari, Vinh Q. Nguyen, Joseph C. Carmichael, Steven Mills, Alessio Pigazzi, Michael J. Stamos

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Background: Iatrogenic ureteral injuries during colorectal surgical procedures are rare. Little is known about their incidence, associated outcomes, and predisposing factors. Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the trends of iatrogenic ureteral injuries in the United States over a decade, as well as their outcomes and risk factors. Design: This was a retrospective study. Settings: The nationwide inpatient sample from 2001 to 2010 was analyzed. Patients: Included were patients with colorectal cancer, benign polyps, diverticular disease, or inflammatory bowel disease undergoing colorectal surgery. Main Outcome Measures: Trends of iatrogenic ureteral injuries occurring in colon and rectal surgical procedures were examined over a 10-year period. Mortality, morbidity, length of stay and total charge associated with ureteral injuries were analyzed on multivariate analysis. Finally, a predictive model for ureteral injuries was built using patient, hospital, and operative variables. Results: An estimated 2,165,848 colorectal surgical procedures were performed in the United States over the study period, and 6027 ureteral injuries were identified (0.28%). The rate of ureteral injuries was higher in the second half of the decade (2006-2010) compared with the first half (2001-2005; 3.1/1000 vs 2.5/1000; p < 0.001). Ureteral injuries were independently associated with higher mortality (OR, 1.45; p < 0.05), morbidity (OR, 1.66; p < 0.001), longer length of stay (mean difference, 3.65 days; p < 0.001), and higher hospital charges by $31,497 (p < 0.001). Risk factors for ureteral injuries included rectal cancer (OR, 1.85), adhesions (OR, 1.83), metastatic cancer (OR, 1.76), weight loss/malnutrition (OR, 1.08), and teaching hospitals (OR, 1.05). Protective factors included the use of laparoscopy (OR, 0.91), transverse colectomy (OR, 0.90), and right colectomy (OR, 0.43). Limitations: This was a retrospective study from an administrative database. Conclusions: Iatrogenic ureteral injuries are rare complications in colorectal surgery; however, their incidence appears to be rising. Ureteral injuries are associated with higher mortality, morbidity, hospital charge, and length of stay, and their incidence can be predicted by several factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Colorectal Surgery
Wounds and Injuries
Hospital Charges
Length of Stay
Colectomy
Morbidity
Mortality
Incidence
Retrospective Studies
Rectal Neoplasms
Polyps
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Teaching Hospitals
Malnutrition
Causality
Laparoscopy
Weight Loss
Inpatients
Colorectal Neoplasms
Colon

Keywords

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Nationwide inpatient sample
  • Outcomes
  • Risk-factors
  • Trends
  • Ureteral injury
  • Ureters

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  • Gastroenterology

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Ureteral injuries in colorectal surgery : An analysis of trends, outcomes, and risk factors over a 10-year period in the United States. / Halabi, Wissam J; Jafari, Mehraneh D.; Nguyen, Vinh Q.; Carmichael, Joseph C.; Mills, Steven; Pigazzi, Alessio; Stamos, Michael J.

In: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Vol. 57, No. 2, 01.02.2014, p. 179-186.

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Halabi, Wissam J ; Jafari, Mehraneh D. ; Nguyen, Vinh Q. ; Carmichael, Joseph C. ; Mills, Steven ; Pigazzi, Alessio ; Stamos, Michael J. / Ureteral injuries in colorectal surgery : An analysis of trends, outcomes, and risk factors over a 10-year period in the United States. In: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2014 ; Vol. 57, No. 2. pp. 179-186.
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