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Acute urinary retention: an unusual presentation of appendiceal abscess.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8470845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Emergency physicians frequently encounter patients with acute urinary retention. Although most common among the elderly, pediatric and young adult patients occasionally may present with this complaint. The differential diagnosis and emergency department work-up must be age specific. We discuss the case of a young man who presented with acute urinary retention, subsequently found to be caused by undiagnosed appendicitis with appendiceal abscess formation. Only nine such cases have been reported in the literature thus far, with only one occurring in the nonpediatric population. This case represents the second such case to be reported. The importance of a thorough history, physical examination, and diagnostic work-up of patients who present with acute urinary retention, particularly those in the younger age group, is emphasized.
G A Parrish; G D Wright; J L Falk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of emergency medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0196-0644     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1993 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-05-13     Completed Date:  1993-05-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8002646     Medline TA:  Ann Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  857-60     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / complications*,  diagnosis
Acute Disease
Appendicitis / complications*,  diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Intestinal Perforation / complications*
Rupture, Spontaneous
Urinary Retention / etiology*

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