The purpose of this brief communication is to familiarize pediatricians with the advantages and ease of suprapubic needle aspiration of the urinary bladder in small infants when urine specimens for culture are needed.
The technique has been used successfully in adults. Pryles et al. reported on percutaneous suprapubic aspiration of the bladder in 42 children, including 6 babies 3 to 6 months of age; however, use of this procedure in the neonatal period has not been previously reported.
Contaminated urine specimens from neonatal infants are commonly encountered. We have studied 62 randomly selected, uncircumcised premature male infants. Using meticulous care in cleansing and handling of the specimens by the technique of Pryles et al.
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