Sign up & Download
Sign in

A 16-year-old boy with acute urinary retention.

by Curt Stankovic, Prashant V Mahajan
Pediatric emergency care ()

Abstract

Urinary retention can be described as the inability to void volitionally despite an adequate volume of urine in the bladder. It is a common complaint in adults, especially among elderly males with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Children, in contrast, are more likely to have voluntary retention of urine due to urethral irritation or dysuria. Gently massaging the suprapubic region while the child is in a warm bath often relieves the retention in these cases. Other patients described as lazy voiders can present with acute urinary retention. These patients are typically young girls who are embarrassed to void at school. Retraining or timed voiding is often successful managing lazy voiders. However, these benign disorders should only be diagnosed after anatomical or organic causes for their symptoms have been considered and ruled out.

Cite this document (BETA)

Readership Statistics

2 Readers on Mendeley
by Discipline
 
by Academic Status
 
50% Ph.D. Student
 
50% Associate Professor

Sign up today - FREE

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research. Learn more

  • All your research in one place
  • Add and import papers easily
  • Access it anywhere, anytime

Start using Mendeley in seconds!

Already have an account? Sign in