Suprapubic catheter compilcation: inflated balloon in penile urethra

Case contributed by Dr Heather Pascoe


SPC changed. Unable to aspirate urine. Unable to deflate balloon.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

The suprapubic catheter enters through the anterior abdominal. It courses inferiorly through the bladder and enters the urethral opening. It passes through the prostatic urethra. Just inferior to this, the balloon is inflated within the lumen of the penile urethra. The balloon has a volume of approximately 5ml.

Case Discussion

This is an uncommon complication of a suprapubic catheter.

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Case information

rID: 37036
Published: 10th Feb 2018
Last edited: 11th Feb 2018
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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