Povidone-iodine sclerosis of pelvic lymphoceles: a prospective study

Urol Radiol. 1988;10(4):203-6. doi: 10.1007/BF02926570.


Twelve patients presented for percutaneous catheter drainage of 13 postoperative pelvic lymphoceles. Six patients with 7 lymphoceles were treated with povidone-iodine sclerosis prior to catheter removal. Only 1 lymphocele (which continued to drain large amounts of fluid during and after the sclerosis procedure) recurred. Six patients with 6 lymphoceles had their percutaneous catheters removed without sclerosis. Fluid collections recurred in 3 instances, necessitating repeat percutaneous drainage (2 patients) or surgery (1 patient). Percutaneous therapy is the treatment of choice for patients with postoperative lymphoceles. Povidone-iodine sclerosis is often effective in preventing reaccumulation of fluid once the lymphocele cavity is collapsed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Drainage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Diseases / therapy*
  • Lymphocele / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Povidone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Povidone-Iodine / therapeutic use*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sclerosing Solutions / therapeutic use*


  • Sclerosing Solutions
  • Povidone-Iodine
  • Povidone