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Title: Acute urinary retention and the difficult catheterization: current emergency management
Austin Authors: Sliwinski, Ania;D'Arcy, Frank T;Sultana, Ron;Lawrentschuk, Nathan
Affiliation: Urology Unit, Department of Surgery, Austin Health, University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Epworth Emergency Department, Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Apr-2016
Publication information: European Journal of Emergency Medicine 2016; 23(2):80-88
Abstract: Acute urinary retention (AUR) is a common presentation to emergency departments. This article updates the reader on the appropriate management, investigations and guidelines for AUR. It looks at the mechanism of normal micturition and describes the theories of AUR. It outlines urethral catheterization techniques for difficult cases, reviews suprapubic catheterization procedures and describes the management of AUR in polytrauma. Although emergency management is by bladder drainage, key points in the history and examination may expose significant, latent pathologies.
DOI: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000334
ORCID: 0000-0001-8553-5618
Journal: European Journal of Emergency Medicine
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Acute Disease
Emergency Medical Services
Urinary Catheterization
Urinary Retention
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Reviews/Systematic Reviews
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