alexa A Major Multifactorial Urinary Retention in an Elderly Woman: A Case Report
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Case Report

A Major Multifactorial Urinary Retention in an Elderly Woman: A Case Report

De Luca E*, Inelmen EM, Pintore G, Catanzaro S and Manzato E
Department of Medicine-DIMED, Geriatrics Section, University of Padua, Italy
Corresponding Author : Elisabetta De Luca, MD
Department of Medicine, DIMED
Geriatric Section, University of Padova
Via Giustiniani 2, 35128 Padova, Italy
Tel: 0039-0498218493
Fax: 0039-0498211218
Received August 02, 2012; Accepted August 14, 2012; Published August 16, 2012
Citation: De Luca E, Inelmen EM, Pintore G, Catanzaro S, Manzato E (2012) A Major Multifactorial Urinary Retention in an Elderly Woman: A Case Report. J Clin Case Rep 2:182. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000182
Copyright: © 2012 De Luca E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


This case report concerns an 89-year-old woman who tolerated a urinary retention of 5000 ml due to longstanding asymptomatic bladder atony. It had a multifactorial origin because the patient had a lengthy history of benzodiazepine abuse for severe reactive depression. Furthermore, a large drugs assumption, cognitive impairment and low mobilization may have influenced the severity of her condition. She had never worried about her distended abdomen because her micturition was good cause of overflow incontinence. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an impaired elderly patient developing major urinary retention also as a result of using benzodiazepines that may have acquired a fundamental rule as trigger factor.


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