Robotic-assisted surgery for excision of an enlarged prostatic utricle

Ilaria Goruppi, Luigi Avolio, Piero Romano, Alessandro Raffaele, Gloria Pelizzo

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Abstract Introduction Prostatic utricle is a rare malformation arising from incomplete regression of the Müllerian ducts. Diagnosis is easily made but management may be challenging. The minimally invasive approach has so far been considered the gold standard for surgical treatment. Many endoscopic and surgical procedures have been described for removal, but to date only few cases of robot-assisted procedures have been mentioned in the literature and there are no reports of redos. Presentation of the case We report the case of a giant prostatic utricle cyst successfully treated with robotic-assisted surgery two years after an unsuccessful first attempt at laparoscopic excision. No relapse was found at one year follow up. Discussion We were able to excise a retro-vescical structure in spite of adhesions caused by the previous surgery and the very large size of the diverticulum thanks to the high magnification and 3-D visualization available in robotic assisted laparoscopy. Conclusion Robot assisted laparoscopy should be considered an advantageous technique for the treatment of prostatic utricle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1292
Pages (from-to)94-96
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Disorders sexual differentiation
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Prostatic utricle
  • Robot assisted laparoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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