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In what cases would a female need a permanent catheter?

In what cases would a female need a permanent catheter?

Usually related: To issues with the inability to empty the bladder appropriately. This often occurs with spinal cord injuries but also neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, all that can cause a neurogenic bladder. ...Read more

Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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Is normal for a female to bleed after having a catheter. ?

Is normal for a female to bleed after having a catheter. ?

Blood after cath: It is not uncommon for a catheter to scrape or irritate the urinary tract leading to some bleeding. It should resolve quickly after the catheter is removed. If it doesn't a urologist will need to intervene. ...Read more

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What size catheter should be used for senior citizen (female)?

What size catheter should be used for senior citizen (female)?

Pick size for leaks: Start with average size, and go larger if leaking urine. Too small a size may be harder to get into the bladder. Just buy two or three different ones (inexpensive) and you will find out quickly enough which one works out best for you! ...Read more

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19 yr female. Had a catheter put in at the ER. Took 4 nurses, ER Dr., and 7 try's with small cath. Lots of blood, how long before my urethra heals?

19 yr female. Had a catheter put in at the ER. Took 4 nurses, ER Dr., and 7 try's with small cath. Lots of blood, how long before my urethra heals?

Trauma: It's unusual to have such difficulty catheterizing a female patient, but trauma to the urethra should heal within several days to a week. If heavy bleeding into the urine persists or lasts much longer than a week, consult a urologist. ...Read more

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19/female urinary catheter due to retention. Bloody catheter & burning sensation. been tested for UTI & its negative - any idea how to stop the pain?

19/female urinary catheter due to retention. Bloody catheter & burning sensation. been tested for UTI & its negative - any idea how to stop the pain?

Need to know cause: It is not normal to have urinary retention at age 19 unless you have other medical issues. The key here is to identify the underlying cause of your urinary retention. This way a catheter can be avoided. See a Urologist or a Urogynecologist to determine what is going on and what the next steps might be. ...Read more

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Will it hurt getting a female urinary catheter ? I know it will be uncomfortable but will it sting or burn? Im 18 and its for a VCUG

Will it hurt getting a female urinary catheter ? I know it will be uncomfortable but will it sting or burn?

Im 18 and its for a VCUG

No not at all: no it will not hurt first they will make it very comfortable for you and second it is embarrassing but not painful they do this every day ,the staff knows your are anxious about it and they know how to keep you and make you more comfortable. ...Read more

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Had a catheter ablation in 2002 and i am a 30yr female.why does an exercise as tabata fit irritate my leg still causing soreness, muscle ache&etc.?

Leg soreness: this probably has nothing to do with the catheter ablation unless it has been present since the procedure was done if it persists you should be examined by your primary doctor and perhaps further testing is in order ...Read more

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Why my uretha size keeps getting larger first size 14 now 18 for my foley. I hate going larger.Cathetor leaking at 18 french. I'm female thanks!

Why my uretha size keeps getting larger first size 14 now 18 for my foley. I hate going larger.Cathetor leaking at 18 french. I'm female thanks!

Hormone effects/age: It could be a variety of reasons. As you get older there are physiologic changes, likely related to menopause. With lower or no estrogen in your system, your vaginal tissues including the tissue around the urethra will be less elastic and thinner. This could lead to incontinence as the muscles around the urethra do not squeeze as well. Surgery can restore urethra by a gynecologist and help ...Read more

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What is a hickman catheter?

Hickman catheter: A hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis. Hickman lines may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed. ...Read more

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