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What is a Coudé Catheter?
A catheter with a coudé tip is designed with a slightly curved tip that makes it easier for those who may have difficulty passing a straight catheter. It has a curved tip to more easily pass by strictures, false passages, and/or an enlarged prostate.
There are different types of coudé catheters available to give you options based on your personal preferences and anatomy such as:
- Tapered tip coudé
- Olive tip coudé
- Tiemann tip coudé
Coudé catheters can also have a guide stripe that allows you to monitor the catheter tip more easily during insertion.
Tapered Tip Coudé Catheter
The tapered tip is considered the standard coude catheter. Its insertion tip is designed with a short, strong curve, which is especially good for navigating through tight strictures. It can also be utilized for bypassing enlarged prostates, urethral or stomal false passages, or any other urethral traumas.
Example: GentleCath Male Coudé Tip Catheter
Olive Tip Coudé Catheter
The olive tip coudé catheter features a ball-shaped or rounded tip, which aids in smoother passage around obstructions to the bladder. The olive tip coudé is also an option for those with false passages, which a standard coudé or Tiemann tip coudé might catch on. The small bead can also be helpful for women to help in identifying the urinary meatus.
Example: Coloplast Self-Cath Olive Tip Coudé Catheter
Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter
This coudé catheter has an elongated, tapered tip and is made to be more pliable than the other two coudé catheter types. The catheter tip works best for navigating narrow passages (great for those with BPH, distended bladders or enlarged prostates, which can press on and tighten the urethra) by bypassing strictures. The pliability of the tip also aids in greater comfort during catheterization.
Example: Rusch Siliconized Tiemann Coudé Catheter
Coudé Catheter Types
Coudé catheters come in different types of catheter products such as closed system kits, hydrophilic catheters, and intermittent straight catheters.
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