Bladder catheter, indwelling: A flexible plastic tube (a catheter) inserted into the bladder that remains (“dwells”) there to provide continuous urinary drainage.
The principal type of indwelling bladder catheter is the “Foley” which has a balloon on the bladder end. After the Foley catheter is inserted in the bladder, the balloon is inflated (with air or fluid) so that the catheter cannot pull out but is retained in the bladder as an indwelling catheter. Removal is accomplished simply by deflating the balloon and slipping the catheter out. The “Foley” is named for Frederic Eugene Basil Foley (1891-1966), an American urologist.
- Bladder infection
Infection of the urinary bladder. Some people are at more risk for bladder and other urinary tract infections (UTIs) than others. Women are at greater risk than men. One woman in five develops a UTI during her lifetime. Not everyone with a UTI has symptoms. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate and a […]
- Bladder inflammation
Bladder inflammation: Inflammation of the urinary bladder. Also called cystitis. Can be due to infection from bacteria that ascend the urethra to the bladder or for unknown reasons, such as with interstitial cystitis. Symptoms include a frequent need to urinate, often accompanied by a burning sensation. As bladder inflammation progresses, blood may be observed in […]
- Bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) Medical Definition
Bladder outlet obstruction (BOO): a blockage at the base of the bladder at the site where urine flows into the urethra to be expelled from the body. Symptoms of bladder outlet syndrome can include feelings of having a full bladder, abdominal pain, inability to urinate or frequently urinating, a slow flow of urine, problems initiating […]
- Bladder pain
Bladder pain: Pain from the urinary bladder. Among the symptoms of bladder infection are feelings of pain, pressure, and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis, and perineum (the area between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum), which may increase as the bladder fills and decrease as it empties; decreased bladder capacity; an urgent need […]
- Bladder, overactive
Bladder, overactive: A condition in which sudden involuntary contractions of the muscular wall of the bladder cause urinary urgency, immediate and unstoppable needs to urinate. Overactive bladder is a form of urinary incontinence (the unintentional loss of urine) and is relatively common, particularly in older adults. Treatment may include pelvic muscle strengthening, behavioral therapy, and […]