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Suprapubic catheter change, what could go wrong?
  1. Chidozie Ejikeme
  1. Urology Department, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Prescot, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Chidozie Ejikeme, chidoa1{at}


Some patients with neurological bladder dysfunction rely on suprapubic catheters (SPCs) for the management of their urinary symptoms. These catheters are usually changed without incident. However, problems can, and do, arise. We present the case of a 56-year-old woman who had a SPC change which was complicated by the catheter perforating the bladder and inflating in the vagina.

  • long-term care
  • urinary tract infections
  • catheterisation / catheter care
  • urological surgery
  • medical-surgical nursing

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  • Contributors CE conceived, designed and planned this work, he also did the research, reporting and editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.