Our Short Glossary of Technical Terms
Relating to Urology and Catheterisation

Administration
application

Aseptic
germ-free, sterile

Bladder catheter
flexible tube, which is placed in the urethra and serves to empty the urinary bladder

Charriere (Ch)
unit of measurement for the diameter of the catheter, e.g.: Ch 06, Ch 08, Ch 10, Ch 12, Ch 14, Ch 16, Ch 18

Permanent catheter
remains in the bladder for a certain time

Diuresis
urine excretion by the kidneys

EMDA*
electromotive drug administration; minimally invasive treatment, which allows a targeted application of medication into the bladder tissue by means of an electric field, thereby increasing the effectiveness

hydrophil
slightly absorbs moisture

IC
Interstitial Cystitis; a bladder infection which is not caused by bacteria, often accompanied by very severe pain, which is difficult to diagnose and treat

Incontinence
bladder weakness

Encrustation
adherent deposits (crusts) on smooth walls/tubes

ISC
intermittent self-catheterisation; method of emptying the urinary bladder at regular intervals using a disposable sterile catheter

Catheter eye
opening at the end of the catheter

Neurogenic
stemming from the nerves

Obstruction
hindrance, constriction, displacement

Pouch
replacement bladder from intestinal tissue in patients whose bladder had to be removed

Prostate hyperplasia
enlargement of the prostate gland; referred to as benign or malignant prostate hyperplasia

Pyelonephritis
renal cell inflammation

Residual urine
remains in the bladder when it is not completely emptied

Suprapubic
through the abdomen

Transurethral
through the urethra

Ureter
connection between the kidneys and the bladder to transport the urine

Urethra
channel from the bladder to the outside for the natural drainage of the urine


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