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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the western world and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men worldwide (1). Radical prostatectomy is one of the main treatment options in more than 90% of cases if the cancer is localized (2). In the United States and Europe, the rates of surgical site infections are generally less than 1% and of other infections up to 3% (3). The aim of this case report is to present an unusual complication (polyserositis) of radical prostatectomy.

Case Report

A 62-year-old man presented to the Department of Urology with pain during urination and elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) of 21.71 ng/mL. His previous medical history included transrectal prostate puncture due to inflammation in 1986. During the past five years, the patient was periodically taking tamsulosin due to elevated levels of PSA.

Digital rectal examination raised suspicion of prostate neoplasm. Transrectal biopsy demonstrated prostate adenocarcinoma of the right lobe gland (Gleason score 7 of 3/10 needle cores). Skeletal scintigraphy was unremarkable, without signs of metastases. Urine culture was sterile before surgery.

Open retropubic radical prostatectomy was performed with routine perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis with 400 mg of intravenous ciprofloxacin. The surgery lasted for two hours without intraoperative complications and marked drop in red blood cell count. During the first postoperative day, the patient's diuresis was 1200 mL, with serum creatinine level of 212 mmol/L. On postoperative day 2, a decrease in diuresis was observed (800 mL), with slight elevation of serum creatinine level (296 mmol/L), but later during the same day, the patient became anuric despite continued stimulation with furosemide. He was also hypotensive, subfebrile (37.3 [degrees]C), with elevated levels of inflammatory markers. The C-reactive protein (CRP) value was 312.6 mg/L, leukocytes 14.23x[10.sup.9]/L and serum creatinine level 450 mm/L. Further, the patient developed paralytic ileus with abdominal distension, edemas of the scrotum and legs, and became dyspneic with tachycardia. Antibiotic therapy with meropenem and hemodialysis were started with other supportive procedures. Computed tomography of the abdomen and chest showed polyserositis with bilateral pleural and peritoneal effusions (Fig. 1). Follow up urine cultures and blood cultures were negative. After second hemodialysis on postoperative day 3, the patient began to urinate. During the next few days, the patient showed gradual clinical improvement with decline of inflammatory markers.

Surgical wound healed primarily and urine catheter was removed on day 13 of hospital stay. Histopathologic analysis of the surgically removed prostate revealed adenocarcinoma of the prostate (Gleason score 7, pT3N0Mx) with chronic prostatitis and focal comedonecrosis.


Our case pointed to a very rare but possible complication of radical prostatectomy. Severe sepsis with acute renal failure with paralytic ileus and exudative polyserositis was probably caused by dissemination of a quinolone resistant bacterium, probably ESBL-pro-ducing Escherichia coli, during bladder neck dissection as part of radical prostatectomy (4). The usage of fluoroquinolones is well established in numerous urologic procedures (5). A single dose of antimicrobial prophylaxis with quinolone, or first- or second-generation cephalosporins seems to be sufficient for prevention of perioperative infections in radical prostatectomy, but recent guidelines recommend usage of fluoroquinolones as an alternative option in prophylaxis (6-8). The study by Banks et al. showed that 25% of patients having undergone radical prostatectomy had positive urine cultures despite antimicrobial prophylaxis before radical prostatectomy and five days following radical prostatectomy. Resistance to ciprofloxacin was present in 7% of cases. The most commonly identified organisms were Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis (9). Escherichia coli is the most common organism identified in patients with febrile urine tract infection after transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy and might be the causative agent behind near-fatal sepsis despite quinolone prophylaxis (10). The study by Ortega et al. showed that Escherichia coli was the main causal agent of community-acquired bacteremia and the third most frequent pathogen causing nosocomial bloodstream infection with urinary tract infection (11). In our case, the use of meropenem and other supportive treatment resulted in good clinical outcome. The study by Ortega et al. suggests the usage of antibiotics with activity against cephalosporin-re-sistant isolates such as carbapenem or tigecycline, especially in cases of severe sepsis with risk factors for fluoroquinolone resistant or ESBL-producing strains (11).

In conclusion, we would like to point out that severe sepsis with polyserositis might be caused by mobilization of infective agent (bacterium) during bladder neck dissection as part of radical prostatectomy. In patients that are unable to use cephalosporins for antimicrobial prophylaxis before radical prostatectomy, quinolone antibiotics should be used with increased caution.


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M. Sucic, S. Ovcaricek, A. Hrkac, B. Mazuran i H. Budincevic

Infekcije su dobro znane komplikacije radikalne prostatektomije. Ucestalost infekcija kirurskih rana je opcenito manja od 1%, a ostalih infekcija je do 3%. Prikazujemo slucaj bolesnika u dobi od 62 godine kod kojega se nakon provedene radikalne prostatektomije tijek lijecenja komplicirao razvojem teske sepse s renalnom insuficijencijom, paralitickim ileusom i poliserozitisom, sto je bilo vjerojatno uzrokovano bakterijom rezistentnom na kinolone. Kompjutorizirana tomografija abdomena i toraksa pokazala je poliserozitis s obostranim pleuralnim i peritonejskim efuzijama. Lijecenje meropenemom i drugim potpornim mjerama rezultiralo je dobrim klinickim oporavkom i ishodom. Nas slucaj upucuje na to da je teska sepsa s eksudativnim poliserozitisom vjerojatno bila posljedica mobilizacije infektivnog agensa (bakterije) tijekom disekcije vrata mokracnog mjehura za vrijeme otvorene radikalne prostatektomije.

Kljucne rijeci: Prostatektomija; Prostata, tumori; Sepsa; Prikazi slucaja; Kirurska rana, infekcija

Mario Sucic (1), Slaven Ovcaricek (1), Adelina Hrkac (1), Berislav Mazuran (1) and Hrvoje Budincevic (2,3)

(1) Sveti Duh University Hospital, Department of Urology, Zagreb, Croatia; (2) Sveti Duh University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Stroke and Intensive Care Unit, Zagreb, Croatia; (3) Josip Juraj University of Osijek, Faculty of Medicine, Osijek, Croatia

Correspondence to: Mario Sucic, MD, Sveti Duh University Hospital, Department of Urology, Sveti Duh 64, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia


Received May 16, 2016, accepted December 14, 2016

doi: 10.20471/acc.2018.57.04.25
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Date:Dec 1, 2018

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