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What could cause suddenly urinary retention in a 16 year old female? could constipation or uti?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Medication reaction : Acute urinary retention in a teenager is most often a drug effect. Constipation or UTI would more likely cause urgency, frequency or dribbling. Inability to urinate at all should be dealt with immediately and handled by a qualified specialist.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
The following:: Could be from drugs, severe costipation, and rarely: bladder stone, large ureterocele, imerforate hymen with compressing menstruation. Worth consulting pediatric urologist. Uti also unlikey unless retention was preceded by symptoms of burning on urination.
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Dr. James Krick
Urology 38 years experience
Retention : Sudden onset at age 16 suggests a new or transient problemas opposed to a congenital issues. I would recommend you see a community general urologist for further assessment.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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