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Urinary catheterization of male rabbits: a new technique and a review of urogenital anatomy.
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PMID:  23562102     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Rabbits are widely used as an animal model for urologic research studies in which urinary bladder catheterization is required. However, standard manual retrograde urinary catheterization proved to be difficult to perform on anesthetized male rabbits in a research study, with frequent misplacement of the catheter into the vesicular gland. Attempts to reposition the catheter into the bladder after initial entry into the vesicular gland frequently failed and resulted in exclusion of the animal from the study. We assessed the normal anatomy of the lower urinary tract of male rabbits to determine the cause of catheterization misdirection into the vesicular gland and to develop a more reliable technique for urinary bladder catheterization. A modified 'digital (finger) pressure' catheterization technique was developed for successful urinary catheterization of male rabbits. Retrospective statistical analysis of 45 rabbits used for urinary catheterization studies showed improvement in the success rate of catheterization by using the digital pressure technique over the standard method of retrograde urinary catheter insertion. In addition, we here review the relevant gross and histologic anatomy of the urogenital tract of male rabbits.
Authors:
Rajesh K Uthamanthil; Ray Y Hachem; Mihai Gagea; Ruth A Reitzel; Agatha T Borne; Peggy T Tinkey
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science : JAALAS     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1559-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci.     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101269489     Medline TA:  J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  180-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA. ruthaman@fhcrc.org.
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