When is bladder catheterization indicated in the workup of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS)?

Updated: Oct 16, 2017
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Catheterization may be helpful to exclude urinary retention as a potential cause of acute renal failure in these patients. However, long-term indwelling urinary catheters are not recommended (because of the risk of acquiring urinary tract infection) unless patients are incontinent and are at risk of developing skin breakdown or unless strict recording of urinary output is mandatory.


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