What are the complications of specific treatments for neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Complications of specific interventions include the following:

  • Long-term indwelling catheters may cause recurrent bladder infection, bladder stones, ascending pyelonephritis, and urethral erosion

  • Intermittent catheterization may result in bladder infections or urethral injury

  • Long-term suprapubic tubes may result in bladder spasms, bladder stone formation, and bladder infection

  • Potential problems unique to suprapubic catheters include skin infection, hematoma, bowel injury, and problems with catheter reinsertion

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