Balloon bursting: Transurethral puncture of a Foley catheter balloon

Stephanie F. Smith, Anup Sengupta

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We describe the case of a 76-year-old male who presented with a retained Foley catheter. On the initial attempt to deflate the Foley catheter with a syringe attached to the inflation port, no fluid was aspirated. Using a flexible cystoscope passed alongside the catheter, the balloon was punctured under direct vision with an intravesical needle passed through the cystoscope working channel. We discuss this innovative and safe method for balloon puncture via the transurethral route that can be achieved in the urology outpatient or endoscopy suite.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberrjaa588
JournalJournal of Surgical Case Reports
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

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