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December 26, 1942

DIVERTICULA OF THE MALE URETHRAREPORT OF TWO CASES

JAMA. 1942;120(17):1381-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.82830520001009
Abstract

A diverticuliim (from the Latin diverticulare, meaning to turn aside) is defined in Dorland's Medical Dictionary as a pouch or pocket leading off from a main cavity or tube. From this broad definition there have been many discussions as to whether or not a pouch is a true diverticulum or a pseudo diverticulum, depending on various criteria.

LeCompte and Herschman1 give an excellent discussion regarding this problem in relation to urethral pouches. It is not my purpose in this paper to enter into this argument but rather to present 2 instances of unusually large pouches in the anterior urethra of the male which may be called diverticula, according to the broad definition.

A review of the literature reveals that these are the first 2 cases to occur following transurethral prostatic resection and that therefore they may be added to the ever climbing list of complications of this surgical procedure.

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