Pelvic exenteration

Pelvic exenteration

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Pelvic exenteration (or pelvic evisceration) is a radical surgical treatment that removes all organs from a person's pelvic cavity. The urinary bladder, urethra, rectum, and anus are removed. The procedure leaves the person with a permanent colostomy and vesicostomy. In women, the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and in some cases the vulva are removed. In men, the prostate is removed.


Pelvic exenteration is most commonly used in cases of very advanced or recurrent cancer, in which less radical surgical options are not technically possible or would not be sufficient to remove all the tumor. This procedure is performed for many types of cancer including genitourinary and colorectal cancers.


After pelvic exenteration, many patients will have perineal hernia, often without symptoms, but only 3–10% will have perineal hernia requiring surgical repair.cite journal
author = Berman L, Aversa J, Abir F, Longo WE
title = Management of disorders of the posterior pelvic floor
journal = Yale J Biol Med
volume = 78
issue = 4
pages = 211–21
year = 2005
month = July
pmid = 16720016
pmc = 2259151
doi =
url =
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The procedure was first described by Alexander Brunschwig in 1948. [Brunschwig A: Complete excision of the pelvic viscera for advanced carcinoma. Cancer 1948; 1: 177.] [eMedicine|med|3332]


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