[Delirium due to urinary retention: confusing for both the patient and the doctor]

Tijdschr Gerontol Geriatr. 2001 Jun;32(3):100-3.
[Article in Dutch]


A delirium due to urinary retention confuses both patient and physician. Three patients presented with delirium and/or physical deterioration had a bladder retention. A man aged 82 had delirium and an acute renal failure due to a urinary retention with an enlarged prostate gland. A woman aged 81 had a delirium and a bladder retention due to an atonic bladder. A man aged 71 showed cognitive deterioration and a bladder retention due to a backbone-fracture and faecal impaction. In the elderly it is very important to include urinary retention in differential diagnosis because its presentation can be atypical.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Delirium / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fecal Impaction / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polyradiculopathy / diagnosis
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / diagnosis
  • Urinary Bladder, Neurogenic / diagnosis*
  • Urinary Retention / complications
  • Urinary Retention / etiology*