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August 10, 1984

Neonatal Bladder Injury After Umbilical Artery Catheterization by Cutdown

Author Affiliations

Lake Region Clinic, PC Devil's Lake, ND

JAMA. 1984;252(6):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350060017008

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To the Editor.—  I am interested in the article entitled "Neonatal Bladder Injury Occurring After Umbilical Artery Catheterization by Cutdown."1 I think that if the bladder is empty, one may prevent perforation of the bladder during umbilical artery cutdown. If an 8-F (or smaller) feeding tube is used temporarily to keep the bladder empty, urethral injury can be avoided even in a male newborn.