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1/3. Do spinal cord injury patients always get the best treatment for neuropathic bladder after discharge from regional spinal injuries centre?

    OBJECTIVE: To draw attention to inadequate care received by some spinal cord injury patients after discharge from the regional spinal injury center. SETTING: Regional spinal injuries Centre, Southport, UK. methods: Presence of the urethral stricture was not recognised in a 69-year-old male with T-3 paraplegia, who attended a health-care facility with a urinary infection. A Foley catheter was inserted into the urethra only half-way and the catheter balloon was then inflated in the urethra distal to the stricture. In a 68-year-old male with T-8 paraplegia, a long-term indwelling catheter was eroding the urethra and he developed a severe degree of hypospadias while being managed in the community. A 49-year-old male with C-4 tetraplegia developed recurrent urine infections. He received several courses of antibiotics, which were prescribed by community health professionals. But he continued to be unwell. Subsequently, the patient was admitted to a district general hospital, where he was diagnosed to have mild chest infection and was about to be sent home. However, his wife was not happy, and then ultrasound of abdomen was taken, which revealed pyonephrosis. He was then transferred to a spinal unit. RESULTS:: These patients were not seen promptly in a regional spinal injury centre when they developed medical problems. The complications, which ensued, might have been prevented if expert medical treatment had been provided without delay. CONCLUSION: In order to meet the needs of a growing population of persons living in the community with spinal cord injury, more beds are required in spinal units. Provision of day surgery wards within spinal units, out-reach clinics and home visits by spinal cord clinicians may reduce the demand for admission in a spinal unit. education of community health professionals on delayed complications of spinal cord injury, and good communication between spinal cord clinicians, patients, carers, and community health professionals by telephone, e-mail or conventional postal system are likely to improve the care of spinal cord injury patients after discharge from spinal injury centres. spinal cord clinicians should adopt a patient-centred care instead of the traditional, paternalistic, doctor-centred care.
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2/3. Treatment of urethral stricture disease by internal urethrotomy followed by intermittent 'low-friction' self-catheterization: preliminary communication.

    The aim of this study was to determine whether the natural course of urethral stricture disease could be modified following urethrotomy by teaching patients intermittent self-catheterization. Preliminary results in 42 patients show that postoperative urine flow rates can be maintained if this method of 'low-friction' catheterization is adopted. The technique has been well received by an elderly group of patients and can be recommended for wider use.
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3/3. "H-type" urethrorectal communication and complete urethral stenosis with unilateral renal agenesis.

    Congenital "H-type" urethrorectal communication with complete urethral stenosis is extremely rare in the pediatric population. The evaluation and surgical treatment of a "H-type" urethrorectal communication with complete urethral stenosis presenting in a 4-month-old infant is described. Additionally, he had a left renal agenesis and anal stenosis.
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