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The above cut represents an instrument which once helped me out of such a difficulty, without the patient ever knowing what had happened.
I had occasion to pass a soft rubber catheter, No. II, into the bladder of a colored man. After drawing his urine and attempting to withdraw the catheter, imagine my dismay at having it break off in the prostatic region. Without mentioning the fact to my patient, I immediately passed the urethral forceps, and easily securing a grasp upon the broken end, al once withdrew the fragment entire.
On another occasion I was unfortunate enough to have a pledget of absorbent cotton slip from my application plication, and remain in the cavity of the uterus. Again my alligator forceps came to my rescue, and I removed the foreign body without difficulty. The blunt end renders it as easy of introduction as an ordinary silver catheter. The cut
WORDEN AL. CATHETER BROKEN OFF IN PROSTATIC PORTION OF URETHRA—EXPEDITIOUS REMOVAL.. JAMA. 1883;I(13):389-390. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390130009001g