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Misplaced Foley catheter in ureter in a female with neurogenic bladder: a rare complication report
  1. Samarth Agarwal,
  2. Sunny Goel,
  3. Ruchir Aeron,
  4. Satya Narayan Sankwar
  1. Department of Urology, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Samarth Agarwal, rebellite{at}


Accidental placement of Foley catheter in ureter is a rare phenomenon. It is more common in females with neurogenic bladder who have hypocontractile bladder or there can be iatrogenic placement during surgical procedures. We describe a case of a female suffering from upper motor neuronal lesion due to trauma at T8 level (American Spinal Injury grade A) following which she developed neurogenic bladder. A Foley catheter was unintentionally placed in the ureter and subsequently removed through a novel technique of percutaneous ultrasound-guided balloon puncture. It is not only imperative to diagnose and manage such an aberrant Foley catheter placement but also more importantly proper steps must be taken to prevent such a complication from occurring in these patients.

  • urology
  • catheterisation / catheter care
  • urinary tract infections
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  • Contributors SAand SG contributed to the concept and design. SA, SG and RA contributed to the supervision, processing and writing of the manuscript. SG, RA and SNS contributed to the critical analysis of the article.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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