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Urinary retention for the neurologist
  1. Matthew D Smith1,
  2. Jai H Seth1,
  3. Clare J Fowler1,
  4. Robert F Miller2,
  5. Jalesh N Panicker1
  1. 1Department of Uro-neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK
  2. 2Research Department of Infection and Population Health, Institute of Epidemiology and Healthcare, University College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jalesh N Panicker, Department of Uro-neurology, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK; j.panicker{at}


Urinary retention is a common problem, most often due to an anatomical lesion in the urinary tract causing obstruction, such as a urethral stricture or prostate enlargement. However, a subset of patients have no structural urological lesion, and so require neurological evaluation. We present a patient with acute urinary retention who was found to have chronic meningitis, and review the neurological causes for urinary retention.


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