Clin Surg | Volume 5, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Urinary Retention Presenting as Abdominal Tumor

Sara Ferreira Pinto Lourenço*, Mariana da Silva Costa, Alexandre Alves and Mário Ferreirinha Caetano Nora

Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospital Entre Douro e Vouga, Portugal

*Correspondance to: Sara Ferreira Pinto Lourenço 

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Urinary retention is the inability to voluntarily void. Acute urinary retention is the sudden and often painful inability to void despite having a full bladder. We present a 49-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain and distension and constipation for the last 30 days. She was admitted and a Foley catheter was inserted with 10 L of clean urine drained. After that, the abdominal distension resolved immediately. Urinary retention, especially when it has a sub-acute course, presenting with abdominal mass with normal urine output, is difficult to diagnose. However, that diagnosis should be kept in mind when a patient with a painful and distended abdomen presents in the emergency department.


Pinto Lourenço SF, da Silva Costa M, Alves A, Caetano Nora MF. Urinary Retention Presenting as Abdominal Tumor. Clin Surg. 2020; 5: 2797..

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