Catheterisation in elderly women is no “easy” option

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7292.997 (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:997
  1. Virginia Aylett (gin_aylett@yahoo.com), specialist registrar,
  2. Olwyn Lynch, specialist registrar
  1. Department of Medicine for the Elderly, St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS7 9TF

    EDITOR—In their review of the management of urinary incontinence in women, Thakar and Stanton say that patients with chronic urinary incontinence, particularly elderly patients, may be easier to manage with a permanent indwelling catheter.1 As one of the “geriatric giants” described by Isaacs in 1992, urinary incontinence is a serious problem in older patients, with a prevalence of one in five to 10 in women older than …

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