- Ureters—tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder
- Urethra—the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body
|The Urinary Tract|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Vesicoureteral reflux —urine flows from the bladder back towards the kidneys
- Bladder distention—enlargement of the bladder
- Bladder irregularities, such as bladder cancer and incomplete voiding
- Urinary tract infection due to the catheter being inserted
- Bleeding due to the catheter being inserted
- Discomfort during urination, which may last several hours
- Allergic reaction to the contrast dye
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- The catheter is placed into the urethra
- The contrast dye goes into the bladder
- Resume your normal activities.
- Drink plenty of fluids. This will help flush the contrast dye from your bladder.
Call Your Doctor
- Blood in the urine that lasts longer than expected
- Discomfort during urination that lasts longer than expected
- Inability to urinate
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Urology Care Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
Canadian Urological Association http://www.cua.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 04/29/2014 -
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