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Acute urinary retention in early pregnancy: how far should the investigation go?

DOI: 10.4081/uij.2012.e5

Keywords: acute urinary retention , urinary retention in pregnancy , idiopathic urinary retention , female urinary retention.

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Acute urinary retention in early pregnancy is a rare but serious problem. In most cases a causative factor can be identified. In the absence of a readily identifiable causative factor following basic investigation, the further diagnostic and treatment approach can be a challenge, as there are no defined guidelines. A case of acute urinary retention in early pregnancy with no readily identifiable cause managed by patient self-intermittent catheterization on outpatient basis is hereby reported.

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