Current Urology Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 263–270

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

  • Timothy B. Hargreave
  • Alan S. McNeill

DOI: 10.1007/s11934-005-0019-0

Cite this article as:
Hargreave, T.B. & McNeill, A.S. Curr Urol Rep (2005) 6: 263. doi:10.1007/s11934-005-0019-0


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 UniversityEdinburghUK

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