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Podcast #375: Retrograde Urethrogram

Emergency Medical Minute

Release Date: 09/06/2018

Author:  Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Blood at urethral meatus in trauma can be a sign of bladder/urethral injury
  • Blind placement of a Foley catheter can make an undiagnosed urethral injury worse
  • Urethral injury is evaluated using a retrograde urethrogram (RUG)
  • If urethra is confirmed to be intact, Foley catheter can be placed to allow additional tests



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