Clinical Case Database / Category: Practical Procedure

Female urethral catheterisation

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Clare Badley, Sarah Gull
Foundation Years Journal, volume 8, issue 7, p.44 (123Doc Education, London, July 2014)


A thirty eight year old teacher presented to A&E with a short history of abdominal discomfort and inability to pass urine for 12 hours. She had recently been referred to the gynaecology outpatient clinic with abdominal distension and pressure symptoms. She had been diagnosed with fibroids and placed on the waiting list for a hysterectomy with ovarian conservation. She was white British with a BMI of 38. She had been commenced on a gonadotrophin analogue (Goseralin 3.6mg sc) as pre-operative preparation with the aim of shrinking the fibroids.

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Clare Badley

Gynaecology SpR
West Suffolk Hospital
Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QZ

Sarah Gull

Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology
West Suffolk Hospital
Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QZ


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