Perineal urethrostomies are associated with complications that may mimic primary causes of feline lower urinary tract disorders. Though postoperative urethral strictures may be minimized by proficiency with an effective surgical technique, removal of the distal urethra may result in bacterial urinary tract infections in 25% to 30% of patients after surgery. Urinary tract infections caused by urease-producing microbes may induce struvite urolith formation. Thus the prophylactic benefits of minimizing recurrent urethral obstruction by urethrostomy must be weighed against a long-term predisposition to recurrent bacterial urinary tract infection and urolith formation.
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|The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice
|Published - May 1996
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