Acute urinary retention

Date Published: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Dr Anna Lawrence is a New Zealand trained Urologist and is the current president of Continence NZ.

Since returning home to NZ, she has been striving to increase the education and standard of reconstruction and Neuro-Urology in NZ, thereby improving the care of conditions and improving the quality of life of patients.



  • How is acute urinary retention defined?
  • what are the common causes?
  • management plans
  • physical examinations
  • starting a Alpha blocker and is this associated with more successful TROC?
  • how many men fail TROC, and what do we do then?
  • AUR in women, how are things different?


Take home messages

  • De-obstruct any way you can to start with.
  • Trial without a catheter in the community and refer if they fail it more than twice.
  • Patients with an unusual urinary tract should be referred.





Dr Anna Lawrence

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