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Intravesical reservoir erosion as a late complication of a 3-piece inflatable penile prosthesis: ectopic placement in a high-subrectus space: a rare case report

  • Raidh Talib1
  • Mustafa Alwani2
  • Aksam Yassin1,2,3,*,
  • Omar Obeidat4
  • Khaled Dweik4
  • Abdulla Al Ansari1,2,

1Department of Urology, Hamad Medical Corporation, 3050 Doha, Qatar

2Surgical Research Section, Hamad Medical Corporation, 3050 Doha, Qatar

3Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, 24144 USA & Doha, Qatar

4School of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, 21110 Irbid, Jordan

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1805106 Vol.18,Issue 5,May 2022 pp.1-4

Submitted: 09 November 2021 Accepted: 20 December 2021

Published: 31 May 2022

*Corresponding Author(s): Aksam Yassin E-mail:


Background: Inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) is the mainstream treatment of refractory erectile dysfunction (ED). Usually, Space of Retzius (SOR) is the usual IPP reservoir placement space, however, more concerns regarding this space complication have emerged due to its anatomical proximity to some major structures. Intravesical reservoir erosion is the most common reported reservoir complication. Hematuria is the main presentation, sometimes, dysuria and urinary tract infection take place. We present a case of late intravesical reservoir erosion after 3 years of IPP implantation. Methods: Revision surgery was made including placement of AMS Conceal® reservoir in an ectopic high-subrectus space and anterior to transversalis fascia, contralaterally. Results: Recently, ectopic placement has gained popularity among implanters due to its safety and efficacy. Specifically, submuscular space placement, after inventing the lock-out valve to avoid undesirable auto-inflation due to the high back-pressure. Conclusion: Ectopic placement utilizes more choices in cases like hostile pelvis for implanting a 3-piece IPP instead of a malleable prosthesis. Ectopic placement is safe and highly acceptable between high-volume implanters, which may prime a new era of reservoir placement.


penile prosthesis; erectile dysfunction; erosion; bladder; ectopic

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Raidh Talib,Mustafa Alwani,Aksam Yassin,Omar Obeidat,Khaled Dweik,Abdulla Al Ansari. Intravesical reservoir erosion as a late complication of a 3-piece inflatable penile prosthesis: ectopic placement in a high-subrectus space: a rare case report. Journal of Men's Health. 2022. 18(5);1-4.


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