Continent cutaneous diversion

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Purpose of review

This article updates the recently reported intermediate to long-term results with the most commonly used forms of continent cutaneous urinary diversion, and to discuss approaches to early and late complications.

Recent findings

Many variations on construction of a continent cutaneous diversion have been described. Results with large series of patients demonstrate acceptable results with all of them, but with a significant revision rate. Long-term complication rates and adaptation to robotic approaches have recently been described.


Continent cutaneous diversion is rarely offered in the USA to patients undergoing cystectomy except in a few centers. Most studies have found a high complication rate and need for revision surgery in 10–20% of patients. However, functional results are acceptable and many patients are willing to accept the complications in exchange for avoiding an external appliance.

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