What is the frequency of infections with intermittent catheterization for neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Studies show that in patients with spinal cord injuries, the incidence of bacteria in the bladder is 1-3% per catheterization, and one to four episodes of bacteriuria occur per 100 days of intermittent catheterization performed four times a day. Furthermore, the infections that do occur usually are managed without complications. In general, routine use of long-term suppressive therapy with antibiotics in patients regularly using clean intermittent catheterization is not recommended, because it may result in the emergence of resistant bacterial strains.


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