Acute Urinary retention

Acute urinary retention is often a complication of prostate enlargement. Acute urinary retention occurs when you experience a sudden need to urinate but cannot pass urine; this condition may be very serious and should always be treated with emergency medical help. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, you should call 999:

  • Suddenly not being able to urinate
  • Severe pain in the lower abdomen
  • Inflammation of the bladder (which will be tangible)

If the urine cannot be passed it may be passed back up to the kidneys, which can be very serious.

Guide to Urinary Problems

Urinary problems

Acute urinary retention

Benign prostatic hyperplasia


Prostate problems


Urinary incontinence

Urinary tract infection