Urologic Emergencies

Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Jun;96(3):407-24. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2016.02.001.


The diagnosis and management of urologic emergencies are incorporated into the basic training of all urology residents. In institutions without access to urologic services, it is usually left to the General Surgeon or Emergency Medicine physician to provide timely care. This article discusses diagnoses that are important to recognize and treatment that is practically meaningful for the non-Urologist to identify and treat. The non-Urology provider, after reading this article, will have a better understanding and a higher comfort level with treating patients with urologic emergencies.

Keywords: Acute urinary retention; Fournier gangrene; Ischemic priapism; Obstructed pyonephrosis; Paraphimosis; Testicular torsion; Urologic emergencies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Emergency Treatment
  • Female
  • Fournier Gangrene / diagnosis
  • Fournier Gangrene / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphimosis / diagnosis
  • Paraphimosis / therapy*
  • Priapism / diagnosis
  • Priapism / therapy*
  • Pyonephrosis / diagnosis
  • Pyonephrosis / therapy*
  • Spermatic Cord Torsion / diagnosis
  • Spermatic Cord Torsion / therapy*
  • Urinary Retention / diagnosis
  • Urinary Retention / therapy*