A urinary catheter is a hollow tube used to collect urine from the bladder. They are available in different types and sizes and can be made from latex, silicone or rubber. A urinary catheter can be used by people who hav... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Types of urinary catheters include intermittent catheters, external condom-style catheters and indwelling catheters. Intermittent catheters and indwelling catheters are designed to empty the bladder and are usually inser... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

A catheter is a small hollow tube inserted through the urethra into the bladder, allowing urine to flow from the body, explains News Medical. This standard catheter is only used for five to 10 minutes at a time. Other ty... More » Health Conditions & Diseases
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A catheter is used to relieve urine by inserting a tube into the urinary tract until it reaches the bladder, according to MedlinePlus. After cleaning the area, females insert the sterile catheter into the urethra slowly ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

A suprapubic Foley catheter is a hollow, thin and flexible tube that is used to remove urine from the bladder. To insert the tube into the bladder, a small aperture is made in the abdomen near the navel area. Some reason... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Acute urinary retention, or suddenly being unable to empty the bladder, typically causes a strong urge to urinate but no urine stream, severe discomfort and swelling in the lower abdomen, states MedicineNet. Chronic, or ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

A Foley catheter is a thin, sterile tube that medical personnel insert into a patient's bladder to drain urine, according to eMedicineHealth. This catheter can be left in place for many days and is also known as an indwe... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging