There are several complications of TURP that are unique to the procedure. These can generally be divided into three categories: intraoperative, perioperative, and long-term morbidity. Although the overall rate of complications is similar between the time periods (about 20%), the nature of the complications differs. In the 1960s, a large percentage of complications involved systemic infections caused by pneumonia and pyelonephritis, whereas in the 1980s and 1990s, urinary retention and urinary tract infection accounted for most complications (3,20,21).
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