Comparison of intraprostatic ethanol diffusion using a microporous hollow fiber catheter versus a standard needle

Benjamin J. King, Mark K. Plante, Masatoshi Kida, Travis K. Mann-Gow, Rick Odland, Peter Zvara

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Purpose: Transurethral intraprostatic ethanol chemoablation of the prostate has shown promising preliminary clinical results for benign prostatic hyperplasia with some variability in clinical outcome. This is likely due to the uneven prostate diffusion caused by varying resistance of the tissue type in which the tip of the needle is embedded. We examined whether the distribution of the injectable in the canine prostate could be improved using a microporous hollow fiber catheter (Twin Star Medical, Minneapolis, Minnesota). Materials and Methods: The prostate was exposed in 9 mongrel dogs. A single injection of 98% ethanol was delivered in each lobe using a microporous hollow fiber catheter and a standard needle. Prostates were harvested and fixed in 10% formalin. After injection 2.5 mm step sections were obtained and scanned. The ethanol induced tissue lesions were traced on hematoxylin and eosin sections. Three-dimensional reconstructions were created and the volume of each prostate lesion was calculated using stereology. Results: Ethanol induced tissue changes were seen bilaterally in 8 of 9 ethanol injected prostates. In all cases the lesion created by microporous hollow fiber catheter injection was larger than that in the contralateral lobe injected with the control needle. When data were pooled, the hollow fiber catheter injection produced significantly greater tissue changes than the control needle injection (p = 0.03). Conclusions: Improved distribution and absent backflow were seen when using the microporous hollow fiber catheter, supporting its potential as a new method to treat prostate disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1898-1902
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • catheters
  • injections
  • instrumentation
  • needles
  • prostate


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