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Urethra Sizes

 

French

MM

Inches

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Relatives sizes are very approximate

12

4.00

.1572

14

4.67

.1834

16

5.33

.2096

18

6.00

.2358

20

6.67

.2620

22

7.33

.2882

24

8.00

.3144

26

8.67

.3406

28

9.33

.3568

30

10.00

.3930

32

10.67

.4192

34

11.33

.4454

36

12.00

.4716

38

12.67

.4978

40

13.33

.5240

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Urinary Tract Infection (U.T.I.)

Definition

A urinary tract infection is an infection that begins in your urinary system. Your urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Any part of your urinary system can become infected, but most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the urethra and the bladder.

Women are at greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection than are men. A urinary tract infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a urinary tract infection spreads to your kidneys.

Antibiotics are the typical treatment for a urinary tract infection. But you can take steps to reduce your chance of getting a urinary tract infection in the first place.

Symptoms

Not everyone with a urinary tract infection develops recognizable signs and symptoms, but most people have some.

In general, urinary tract infection signs and symptoms develop rapidly and can include:

Types of urinary tract infection
Each type of urinary tract infection may result in more-specific signs and symptoms, depending on which part of your urinary tract is infected.

Part of urinary tract affected

Signs and symptoms

Kidneys (acute pyelonephritis)

  • Upper back and side (flank) pain

  • High fever

  • Shaking and chills

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

Bladder (cystitis)

  • Pelvic pressure

  • Lower abdomen discomfort

  • Frequent, painful urination

  • Low-grade fever

Urethra (urethritis)

  • Burning with urination

Causes

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Illustration of the female urinary system

Female urinary system

Illustration of the male urinary system

Male urinary system

The urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. All play a role in removing waste from your body. Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, the defenses sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take hold and multiply into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract.

The most common urinary tract infections occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.

Risk factors

Some people appear to be more likely than are others to develop urinary tract infections. Risk factors include:

 

recurrent urinary tract infections
In women, the immune system may play a role in the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections. Bacteria can attach to cells in the urinary tract more easily in women lacking protective factors that normally allow the bladder to shed bacteria. More research is needed to determine the exact factors involved and how these factors can be manipulated to benefit women with frequent urinary tract infections.

PREVENTION 

First Step to Prevent: Urinary Tract Infection, Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection

  1. Use a Device called the Urethra Gauge™

    Urethra Gauge™

A urethra gauge™ for measuring an inner size of a urinary tract. The gauge permits a clinician to measure the size of the urethral lumen (proximal to an outer orifice of the urethra) before a catheterization is performed. Selecting a properly-sized catheter for insertion into a patient by measuring the size of the urethral lumen before performing a catheterization is believed to reduce: (1) catheter-associated-urinary-tract infections; (2) urethral injuries due to inserting a catheter that is too large for the urethra; and/or (3) leakage associated with catheters that are too small for a particular patient.

A gauge for determining an internal size of a urethra, comprising: a rod having a distal-end point and a proximal-end point, the rod having an outer-peripheral surface with at least a portion having progressively increasing cross-sectional areas extending from the distal-end point to the proximal-end point; wherein the cross-sectional area of the outer-surface of the rod at the distal-end point corresponds to a first-potential size for the internal size of a urethra; wherein the cross-sectional area of the outer-surface of the rod at a proximal-end point corresponds to a second-potential size for the internal size of a urethra larger than the first-potential size; and wherein between the distal-end point and the proximal-end point, are an array of points located on the outer-peripheral surface of the rod with indicia which correspond to a plurality of potential sizes for the internal circumference of a urethra larger than the first-potential size, but less than the second-potential size.

 

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