Has anyone ever experienced crystal formation around the catheter site which eventually clogs the catheter? Patient had catheter replaced but after a few months,crystals are forming again.

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Pam.B, from New York asked
Has anyone ever experienced crystal formation around the catheter site which eventually clogs the catheter? Patient had catheter replaced but after a few months,crystals are forming again.

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Johann Morelle February 5, 2019

Sorry, but I have no experience in this kind of complication, nor ay of my colleagues. Very intriguing. Only some thoughts/additional questions:

  • Could it be glucose crystallization (e.g. from a leakage around the catheter)?
  • Any evidence of infection? 
  • Any link with a specific condition of the patient? What’s the underlying nephropathy? 

Is it possible to upload/send a picture of the crystals? To perform a biochemical analysis? 

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