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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Where was the catheter placed?

08/31/2007

Question:

My 4-month-old son had a VCUG test after his first UTI. However, we were informed by the radiology department that the VCUG-test failed because the catheter was placed in a wrong place by the doctor.

At first we thought the catheter was place between the foreskin and the glans. However, another child doctor said that it is actually in the penis, but not into the bladder, which she could see from the X-ray photos.

We wonder where was the catheter actually was placed. Is there any negative impact on my son?

Answer:

It sounds like the catheter may have coiled in his urethra. I would ask the radiologist or whoever ordered the test to get a copy of the official report--that should have the correct information. There should be no longterm negative impact on him.

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Response by:

Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University