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Suprapubic Aspiration

During suprapubic aspiration, a needle is inserted through the skin into the bladder to withdraw a urine sample. Local anesthesia may first be used to numb the area.

This method may be used to obtain a urine sample from a young child or infant to confirm or rule out the possibility of a urinary tract infection.

Last Revised: February 27, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology

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