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Underused: intermittent self catheterisation

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Many doctors remain unaware of the value of self catheterisation for patients with urinary retention with incontinence or voiding difficulties associated with a neuropathic bladder. Those who learn the technique often become dry, and by establishing effective drainage can protect their kidneys from the effects of back pressure and urinary infection. Some severely disabled patients can learn to catheterise themselves and so improve their morale and quality of life.

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