Postoperative urinary retention with gross vulvar edema after use of 4% icodextrin

Beverly Reed, Randal Robinson

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Background: 4% icodextrin is a fluid that can be instilled laparoscopically to prevent adhesion formation. There are few complications reported in the literature associated with its use. Case: A 38-year-old woman, gravida 2, para 0, abortus 2 underwent laparoscopic salpingectomy. 4% icodextrin was instilled in an effort to prevent adhesion formation. Postoperatively, the patient experienced urinary retention and gross vulvar edema that required foley catheter use until the 4% icodextrin solution had absorbed. Conclusion: Postoperative complications that may be associated with the use of 4% icodextrin include urinary retention and vulvar edema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e858-e860
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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