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Urine retention linked with high hospital mortality in men

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Men admitted to hospital with acute urinary retention should be treated by multi-disciplinary teams to reduce mortality rates, a UK study has claimed.

The study, based on NHS data of 176,046 men collected over a seven year period, showed mortality increased with age.

One-year mortality was 4.1% in men aged 45-54 and 32.8% in those aged 85 and over in men with acute urinary retention.

In those with precipitated acute urinary retention mortality was 9.5% and 45.4% respectively.

Authors said: ‘The high mortality rate that we observed in men admitted to hospital with acute urinary retention shows that they are a vulnerable group of patients.

‘These observations reinforce the importance to the clinician of adopting a multi-disciplinary approach in the assessment and management of such patients.’

www.bmj.com

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