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Question: What are the risks of a chronic indwelling Foley catheter?

Answer:

Risks of long-term catheter use include UTIs, pyelonephritis, stones, periurethral abscesses, urosepsis, and colonization with virulent or resistent bacteria and yeast. 

Reference: Forciea MA, Schwab EP, Raziano DB, Lavizzo-Mourey RJ: Geriatric Secrets, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Hanley & Belfus, 2004.

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