The non-deflating Foley catheter

Br J Clin Pract. 1990 Nov;44(11):438-40.


Fourteen cases of retained intravesical Foley balloon catheters occurred in the West Suffolk Hospital between 1988 and 1989. In all cases this was due to failure of the balloon to deflate. All cases were successfully managed with radiological techniques. The alternative methods described for retrieval of retained balloon catheters are reviewed, and two recommended methods are described in detail.

MeSH terms

  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Equipment Failure
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Humans
  • Ultrasonography
  • Urinary Bladder / diagnostic imaging*
  • Urinary Catheterization*