Histopathologic and clinical features of vesical diverticula

Max X. Kong, Xiangrong Zhao, Emil Kheterpal, Peng Lee, Samir Taneja, Herbert Lepor, Jonathan Melamed, Fang Ming Deng

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Objective: To study the histopathology changes and clinical features of vesical diverticula, focusing on the neoplastic entities. Materials and Methods: We retrieved data for 108 patients with vesical diverticula from the archives of our institute during the past 15 years (1998 to 2012) and reviewed their clinical and pathologic characteristics. Results: Diverticula most often involved the lateral wall, followed by the posterolateral and posterior walls of the urinary bladder. Nonneoplastic processes were found in 70 of 108 patients (65%), including inflammation, metaplasia, and urothelial hyperplasia, with or without atypia/dysplasia. Primary carcinomas arising within the diverticula were found in 36 patients (33.3%), of which 33 were urothelial carcinoma, including 5 with divergent differentiation, 2 with squamous carcinoma, and 1 with adenocarcinoma. Patient follow-up for neoplastic diverticula (mean, 59 months; range, 1-108 months) showed that no patients died of disease progression. Concurrent or subsequent urothelial carcinoma was present in the nondiverticular bladder in 19 of 36 patients (53%). Four patients with subsequent extradiverticular urothelial carcinoma showed progression, with pathology upstaging. Conclusion: Inflammation, metaplasia, and dysplasia are commonly seen in vesical diverticula. In our series, which includes patients who underwent endoscopic or surgical intervention and microscopic examination, those with vesical diverticula appeared to have a significantly higher risk for development of urothelial carcinoma, which can occur synchronously or precede carcinoma of the nondiverticular bladder. Compared with their non-diverticulum-associated counterparts, a significantly higher percentage of diverticulum-associated bladder carcinomas are high-grade and invasive. Conservative approaches are suggested for tumors confined within diverticula, after extensive investigation of the nondiverticular bladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-147
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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