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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Can`t pee



Am searching for info to help my son, 17, who had dirt bike accident, resulting in broken femur and collar bone. Surgery to put rod in upper left leg and only sling for clavicle. After 4 days in hosp. is home one day and now can`t pee. No problem before at all. What can help him? He`d rather die than have catheter ever again. Even told me that if ever another accident or anything, NEVER let them do a catheter again ("rather die," he insisted). Got cranberry juice, is no fever at all, no real pain except ones from accident (leg and shoulder, some back when lays to long). Pain meds not known to cause this. 6 days since surgery.


The details are unclear. If he cannot urinate, then the only solution is to catheterize the bladder. Sometimes a temporary suprapubic catheter is inserted through the lower abdomen, until the cause of the urinary retention is determined.

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Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University