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Catheterization

Catheterization

Overview

Clean intermittent self catheterization is the process of introducing a catheter into the bladder by oneself. The goal of intermittent catheterization is to help prevent urinary tract infections for anyone who is unable to properly empty their bladder.

Review Date 1/10/2021

Updated by: Kelly L. Stratton, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.