What are limitation of suprapubic catheters for 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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A suprapubic catheter is an alternative solution to an indwelling urethral catheter in patients who require long-term bladder drainage. Potential problems unique to suprapubic catheters include skin infection, hematoma, bowel injury, and problems with catheter reinsertion. Long-term management of a suprapubic tube also may be problematic if the healthcare provider lacks the knowledge and expertise of suprapubic catheter management or if the homebound individual lacks quick access to a medical center in case of an emergency. Nevertheless, in the appropriate situation, the suprapubic catheter affords many advantages over long-term urethral catheters.


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