Fowler's Syndrome and Pregnancy

BMJ Case Rep. 2010 Sep 9;2010:bcr0520103032. doi: 10.1136/bcr.05.2010.3032.


We present a favourable outcome of a pregnant woman with underlying Fowler's syndrome. This is a rare disorder affecting young women with painless urinary retention, and as there is no known cure, the main concern is to ensure adequate bladder emptying. Our patient went through self-catheterisation and suprapubic catheters after which she was finally successfully managed on a sacral nerve stimulator (SNS). Upon getting pregnant the stimulator was switched off due to safety concerns, and from then on, bladder emptying was managed with a suprapubic catheter (which was regularly changed over the gestation). The main concern thereafter was recurrent hospital admissions with urinary tract infections and pelvic pain requiring parenteral antibiotics and analgesia. She underwent an uncomplicated elective caesarean section at 36 weeks and delivered a healthy female infant. The SNS was successfully reactivated in the postnatal phase, and the suprapubic catheter was removed upon achieving adequate urethral output.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / complications*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Urinary Catheterization
  • Urination Disorders / complications*

Supplementary concepts

  • Fowler Christmas Chapple syndrome