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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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DIZ RODRIGUEZ, Ramón et al. Evaluation of the irrigation and drainage capacity of 3 bladder irrigation catheters. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2008, vol.61, n.4, pp.468-472. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objectives: To perform a comparative evaluation of three types of continuous bladder irrigation catheters with the aim of determining which of them allows greater irrigation solution inflow and bladder outflow. Methods: We compared three types of three-way catheters, 22F in caliber, being the material the main difference between them: latex, silicone, or polyvinyl. Results: The polyvinyl catheter showed significant differences both in inflow and outflow in comparison with the other two types of catheters (p =0,000, ANOVA test with Sheffe’s post hoc). Additionally, the latex catheter showed a significant outflow decrease with the insufflation of the self retentive balloon. Conclusions: The polyvinyl catheter, due to material rigidity, is the one that allows better bladder irrigation.

Keywords : Ureteral catheter; Bladder irrigation.

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