When is catheterization indicated in the workup of urethritis?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Procedures such as urethral catheterization and cystoscopy may be useful, especially in patients with urethral trauma.


In cases of urethral trauma, urethral catheter placement can hold the urethra open to avoid urinary retention caused by edema or a flap of elevated mucosa.

The catheter also serves to tamponade urethral bleeding.

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