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Punkin2010 posted:
I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this question, as I am new to the site but I was wondering if anyone else had experienced these problems, or if they could help....My father-in-law (who has had prostate radiation) went in the hospital for an atrial valve replacement, and had a catheter. He was doing well, & the catheter was removed. He then coded & had to be moved to ICU where they put another catheter in. Since that time he has had blood in his catheter bag. That was 40 days ago, he's been in the hospital all this time, had 25+ pints of blood, and four operations to cauterize the prostate & bladder, but it has not worked & he continues to bleed. The doctors have told us the bleeding is because he's had prostate radiation, & having a catheter afterwards always irritates it, and causes it to bleed. We are suspicous if this is the truth, or if they have damaged him in some way. We are searching for answers, &/or suggestions on what to do?
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Diane K Newman, RN-C, MSN, ANP responded:
It is true that bleeding can occur for a significant amount of time after radiation for prostate cancer. A catheter may be further irritating the bladder, causing bleeding. If they are giving your father-in-law a blood thinner (e.g heparin), this may also cause more bleeding.


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