Catheter encrustation by struvite

D. W L Hukins, D. S. Hickey, A. P. Kennedy

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    Encrusted catheter from 10 female patients were the source of 26 samples of deposits which were examined by X-ray diffraction. Four different types of catheter were represented. The only detectable compound in all of the samples was ammonium magnesium orthophosphate hexahydrate (NH4MgPO4.6H2O), which occurs naturally as the mineral struvite.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)304-305
    Number of pages1
    JournalBritish Journal of Urology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


    • Aged
    • adverse effects: Catheters, Indwelling
    • Female
    • Humans
    • analysis: Magnesium
    • Magnesium Compounds
    • Middle Aged
    • analysis: Phosphates
    • adverse effects: Urinary Catheterization
    • X-Ray Diffraction


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