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What do you do if your K-pouch stops draining?

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If you think pouch drainage has stopped:

1. Irrigate the catheter.

2. Pinch the catheter between your finger and thumb and check to see if a fluid or air column is moving up and down.

3. Check for fluid return.

4. Wiggle the catheter in and out about an inch.

If it still seems stopped, remove the catheter in case food particles or debris has blocked it. Flush the catheter with cool tap water, then reinsert it.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

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