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What is intermittent self-catheterization?

Intermittent self-catheterization, or clean intermittent self-catheterization (CISC), is a procedure people can use to drain urine from the bladder. With CISC, a thin tube called a catheter is used to empty the bladder regularly.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

With intermittent self-catheterization, you insert a catheter (tube) through your own urethra into your bladder to drain urine. The urethra is the tube through which urine leaves the body. Intermittent self-catheterization is considered a safe procedure. It can completely empty the bladder of urine.

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