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   Posted 9/27/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

(Davet posted this on another thread - I've copied it here so that it will get "current" attention)


I think I must be in the wrong section?

However I had an procedure today which was checking why I retained so much fluid and this required a catheter.
Having been brought round I was given plenty to drink and the catheter was removed. Hours later the Hospital wanted to do one final check which required me to get up and in the process of doing this I discovered that I was losing copious amounts of blood so I queried whether this amount was normal and cut a long painful story short thay re-inserted the catheter.
Here I am hours later, at home, and I can feel and see that I am still bleeding around the catheter tube I was given to believe that the catheter should be stoppng this!?
What should I do?

Post Edited (142) : 9/28/2010 6:11:05 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/27/2010 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome - although you did not say if you were a prostate cancer patient, some of us do know more than we would like about catheters.
If you had some damage to the urethra, as we do when the prostate is removed (it is severed, then reattached), the bleeding is on the outside of the catheter tube, so it drains around the tube whenever there is any stress, or when you have bladder spasms. It continues until there is sufficient healing.
Blood on the inside of the catheter comes from the bladder. In my case the Foley kept poking me, and causing irritation, thus bleeding.
However, the correct "answer" is - call your doctor, and ask if what you are seeing is expected.
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