Rectal complications after prostate brachytherapy.

  title={Rectal complications after prostate brachytherapy.},
  author={Shimul A. Shah and Robert R. Cima and Eric P. Benoit and Elizabeth L Breen and Ronald Bleday},
  journal={Diseases of the colon and rectum},
  volume={47 9},
PURPOSE Prostate brachytherapy is gaining wide popularity as an alternative to resection for the treatment of locally advanced prostate cancer. Rectal-urethral fistula after prostate brachytherapy is a rare but serious complication, and its incidence, presentation, risk factors, and clinical management have not been well described. METHODS From January 1997 to October 2002, seven patients with rectal-urethral fistulas were referred to two institutions (Brigham and Women's Hospital and West… CONTINUE READING
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