Current Prostate Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 121-128

Acute urinary retention in men: The risks and outcomes with medical therapy

  • Timothy B. HargreaveAffiliated withDepartment of Oncology, Edinburgh University, Human Genetics Building, Western General Hospital
  • , Alan S. McNeill

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This paper is restricted to the discussion of the relatively modern disorder of sudden painful inability to urinate in older men. It was not a common medical problem until the 19th century when, in developed countries, male life expectancy increased to beyond 60 years; it remains an uncommon problem in those developing countries where male life expectancy remains low, particularly in some sub-Saharan African countries where male life expectancy is only 44.8 years.