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What is a catheter?

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A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that can put fluids into your body or take them out.

If you have trouble peeing or can’t control when you pee, a urinary catheter that goes into your bladder can get rid of urine for you. If you need blood or medicine, your doctor might use an intravenous catheter that’s connected to one of your veins with a needle. For example, if you had cancer and needed chemotherapy, that’s how you’d get it.

From: What Are the Types of Catheters? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Catheter,” “Peripheral venous catheter.”

Canadian Family Physician: “Venous access.”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Center: “Central Venous Catheter.”

American Cancer Society: “Central Venous Catheters.”

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Education: “Tunneled Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Placement.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter.”

NHS Choices: “Urinary catheter.”

Healthtalk.org: “Condom catheter.”

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society : “Urinary Catheters: What Type Do Men and Their Nurses Prefer?”

Bladder & Bowel Community: “Suprapubic Catheter.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Catheter,” “Peripheral venous catheter.”

Canadian Family Physician: “Venous access.”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Center: “Central Venous Catheter.”

American Cancer Society: “Central Venous Catheters.”

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Education: “Tunneled Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Placement.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter.”

NHS Choices: “Urinary catheter.”

Healthtalk.org: “Condom catheter.”

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society : “Urinary Catheters: What Type Do Men and Their Nurses Prefer?”

Bladder & Bowel Community: “Suprapubic Catheter.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 12, 2018

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