Prostatic abscess is a rare but relatively serious infectious disease; its association with spontaneous rupture is extremely unusual.
We present a case of peritonitis secondary to a rupture of prostatic abscess in a 87-year-old man. The diagnosis was made on computed tomography. Emergency laparotomy, transrectal ultrasonography guided aspiration of the residual abscess and antibiotics permitted a full recovery.
Delay in diagnosis of prostatic abscess can have grave sequelae, including spontaneous rupture into the urethra, perineum, bladder or rectum and the development of septic shock. Only one case of spontaneous rupture into the peritoneal cavity has been reported in the literature.
This case highlights the importance of early diagnosis of prostatic abscess and close monitoring of patients, with diabetes or immunosuppression, treated for acute prostatitis.
International journal of surgery case reports. 2017 Feb 14 [Epub ahead of print]
Sahbi Naouar, Nidhal Ati, Salem Braiek, Rafik El Kamel
Urology Department, Les Aghlabides Surgical Division, Ibn El Jazzar Teaching Hospital, Kairouan, Tunisia. Electronic address: ., Urology Department, Les Aghlabides Surgical Division, Ibn El Jazzar Teaching Hospital, Kairouan, Tunisia.