When is suprapubic tube placement 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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With more severe urethral trauma that prevents urethral catheter placement or inadequate facilities for emergent cystoscopy in patients with urethral obstruction due to trauma or foreign bodies, a suprapubic catheter is an excellent temporizing measure to divert urine and relieve patient discomfort until definitive therapy can be undertaken.


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