What is the role of antibiotic prophylaxis in the treatment of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Continuous antibiotic prophylaxis is not only unnecessary for patients with indwelling catheters, it is contraindicated, because it promotes the generation of bacteria that are resistant to common antibiotics. Use of an indwelling Foley catheter in individuals who are homebound requires close supervision by a visiting nurse and additional personal hygiene care.


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