Dynamics of Acute Retention

  • Marco Caine


Acute retention of urine in the patient with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) probably occurs for a number of reasons. In some cases it is the culminating event in a steadily progressive obstruction due to increasing enlargement of the prostate. In other cases, however, the condition may develop suddenly in a patient who has had relatively little antecedent trouble and in whom no prior progress of obstruction had been detectable. Some of these cases may be due to an episode of prostatitis superimposed on the already enlarged gland, and others may be due to infarction in the enlarged prostate; some authors believe this to be a common cause.5,12


Bladder Neck External Sphincter Acute Urinary Retention Detrusor Contraction Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 
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