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Diazepam for relief of irrigation pain after transurethral resection of the prostate

  • M. R. Nott (a1), P. M. Jameson (a2) and S. A. Julious (a3)


Irrigation of the bladder after transurethral resection of the prostate is often distressing because of pain arising from detrusor muscle spasm. The effect of post-operative oral diazepam was compared with sacral epidural (caudal) block at the time of surgery, both treatments together and a control group, assessed by three-point rank scoring. Either treatment significantly reduced the incidence of pain reported by patients, P < 0.001. No patient experienced pain after both treatments.


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Correspondence: Dr M. R. Nott.



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