Chronic Urinary Retention

Chronic Urinary Retention: Comparative Effectiveness and Harms of Treatments, a new research review from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, found that there is insufficient evidence to draw conclusions on the comparative benefits or harms of treatments for persistent partial retention of urine or chronic urinary retention (CUR) in adults.

The review said the evidence addresses only a subset of possible treatments and just a few of the many possible subgroups of CUR patients based on underlying conditions. The low strength of the available evidence suggests that transurethral resection of the prostate and microwave therapy achieved similar results in the rate at which men were catheter-free at 6 months after treatment. In addition, the review indicated no data were found to assess the impact of treating CUR independently of treating benign prostatic enlargement and other lower urinary tract symptoms.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Chronic Urinary Retention. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.