Consequences of Pelvic Radiotherapy on Urinary Function in Women

Ly T.N. Hoang, Divya Ajay, O. Lenaine Westney

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

Purpose of Review: The objective of this review is to critically evaluate recent literature on the urinary complications following pelvic radiation for malignancy in women. Recent Findings: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) manifest in a significant population of women post-radiation with confirmed objective findings on urodynamic evaluation. Other serious consequences such as fistula, hemorrhagic cystitis, and strictures are less common but can be significant. Summary: The sequelae of radiation on the female lower urinary tract can range from mild symptoms to those requiring major surgical intervention. Therefore, post-radiotherapy patients must be approached with vigilance in conjunction with thorough preoperative counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Bladder Dysfunction Reports
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • Radiation cystitis
  • Radiation injury
  • Rectovaginal fistula
  • Ureteral obstruction
  • Vesicovaginal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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