Urinary catheterisation may be done to manage urinary incontinence, urinary retention or certain other medical problems. The catheter may be inserted for short term or long term use. Insertion of a catheter for long-term use increases the risk of complications. Some of the complications associated with catheter use include:
Consult your health provider if you have any symptom suggestive of complication due to urinary catheter such as:
These symptoms are suggestive of infection or blockage of the catheter. If the catheter becomes clogged, infected or is painful, it should be changed immediately. Your doctor can examine you and diagnose the cause of your symptoms.
Consult a doctor if you have symptoms of UTI, the symptoms do not improve in a few days of starting treatment, have recurrent UTI, risk factors that increase the risk of complications or severe infection, are older than 65 years or are pregnant.read more