Current Prostate Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 121–128

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

  • Timothy B. Hargreave
  • Alan S. McNeill

DOI: 10.1007/s11918-005-0004-6

Cite this article as:
Hargreave, T.B. & McNeill, A.S. Curr prostate rep (2005) 3: 121. doi:10.1007/s11918-005-0004-6


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy B. Hargreave
    • 1
  • Alan S. McNeill
  1. 1.Department of OncologyEdinburgh University, Human Genetics Building, Western General HospitalEdinburghUK