When is clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) indicated in the treatment of bladder dysfunction?

Updated: Jan 04, 2019
  • Author: Gregory T Carter, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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The practice of clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) is used primarily in patients with neurogenic bladder disease such as is seen in cases of SCI. Usually, SCI patients with lesions at C7 and below can manage self-catheterization. Prerequisites for CIC include the following:

  • Sufficient outflow resistance to maintain continence between catheterizations

  • Low pressure within the bladder with

  • Adequate bladder capacity (ideally, >300 mL)

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