Author: Aaron Lessen, MD.
- When foley is stuck, balloon may not have deflated.
- Make sure balloon is not in the urethra, which can block drainage.
- Cut off the port as it may be obstructed.
- If still not draining, pass guide wire through port to unclog catheter.
- Other techniques have been described using mineral oil to dissolve, rupturing the balloon through over-inflation, and transcutaneous guided drainage.
- Crystallization can be a cause of catheter obstruction – sterile water may be a better solution to inflate the ballon than saline when it is first placed.
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