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Urinary retention

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Sailaja Pisipati MBBS MRCS, Ian Pearce BMedSci BMBS FRCS (Urol)
Foundation Years Journal, volume 1, issue 6, p.37 (123Doc Education, London, October 2007)


A 71–year–old gentleman presented to casualty with difficulty passing urine for over 12 hours and abdominal pain. How would you assess this patient?

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Sailaja Pisipati MBBS MRCS

Clinical Fellow
Department of Urology
Manchester Royal Infimary

Ian Pearce BMedSci BMBS FRCS (Urol) (Corresponding author)

Consultant Urological Surgeon
Department of Urology
Manchester Royal Infimary
M13 9WL


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