Is seminal vesicle ablation mandatory for all patients undergoing radical prostatectomy? A multivariate analysis on 1283 patients


Zlotta A., Roumeguere T., Ravery V., Hoffmann P., Montorsi F., Turkeri L. , ...More

EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol.46, no.1, pp.42-49, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eururo.2004.03.021
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN UROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.42-49

Abstract

Objective: With a shift in prostate cancer stage and a majority of patients operated nowadays with PSA levels <10 ng/ml, rates of seminal vesicle (SV) invasion found on radical prostatectomy specimens have decreased as compared to historical data. Since SV-sparing surgery may possibly have an influence on post-operative erectile dysfunction and urinary recovery, we tried to determine which patients could be safely spared SV excision during radical prostatectomy.