Effect of obturator nerve block during transurethral resection of lateral bladder wall tumors on the presence of detrusor muscle in tumor specimens and recurrence of the disease

Erbay G., AKYOL F., Karabakan M., Celebi B., KESKİN E., HİRİK E.

Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, vol.33, no.2, pp.86-90, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.kjms.2016.11.006
  • Journal Name: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.86-90
  • Keywords: Bladder tumor, Detrusor muscle, Obturator nerve block, Transurethral resection complication, Tumor recurrence
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


© 2016 The AuthorsWe investigated the effect of spinal anesthesia combined with obturator nerve block (ONB) during the transurethral resection of lateral bladder wall tumors (TUR-BT) on the presence of detrusor muscle tissue in tumor specimens and on tumor recurrence. TUR-BT was performed on 96 patients with a lateral bladder wall tumor under spinal anesthesia in our clinic between January 2011 and December 2015. The patients were divided into two groups: 49 patients only received spinal anesthesia and 47 patients received spinal anesthesia combined with ONB. The groups were retrospectively compared in terms of adductor muscle contraction, bladder perforation, complete tumor resection, presence of muscle tissue in the pathology material, and recurrence rate during follow-up. The obturator reflex was significantly observed in the non-ONB group (p < 0.05). In the ONB group, the percentages of complete resection and detrusor muscle tissue were significantly higher (p = 0.003 and p = 0.001, respectively). The postoperative recurrence rate was found to be significantly higher in the non-ONB group than in the ONB group (p = 0.025). Spinal anesthesia combined with ONB during TUR-BT prevent obturator reflex and facilitate complete resection including detrusor muscle tissue, independent from the size or number of tumors, thus reducing the recurrence of the disease.