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Utility of radiopaque urinary catheter placement before computed tomographic examination in two dogs with multiple pelvic fractures


Pelvic fractures are a common sequel to traumatic injuries in dogs, often caused by vehicular collisions. Urethral injury is a recognised complication of pelvic trauma. Retrograde positive contrast urethrography is frequently used to evaluate the urethra, which can easily be performed in a primary care setting during initial diagnostic investigation. Patients with complex pelvic fractures are regularly referred for specialist surgical treatment where they may undergo preoperative CT examination. The authors describe the utility of preplacing a radiopaque urinary catheter in two patients with multiple pelvic fractures before CT examination in order to aid clear delineation of urethral location. The placement of a hyperattenuating indwelling urinary catheter before CT examination in both dogs with multiple pelvic fractures significantly aided identification of urethral location, which influenced surgical planning and aided patient management.

  • anatomy
  • diagnostic imaging
  • trauma
  • computed tomography (CT)
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