Sonographic findings of acute urinary retention secondary to an impacted pelvic mass

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Abstract

Objective. To describe the sonographic findings in a series of cases of acute urinary retention due to an impacted pelvic mass. Methods. The anatomic changes of the lower urinary tract in 6 patients with impacted pelvic masses and acute urinary retention (3 cases of an impacted uterine leiomyoma and 3 cases of a retroverted gravid uterus) were evaluated with transabdominal and transvaginal sonography. Results. When patients were in the supine position, the impacted pelvic masses displaced the cervix superiorly and anteriorly, compressing the lower bladder, leading to obstruction of the internal urethral orifice. During straining, there was no limitation of urethral mobility, but the increased abdominal pressure further compressed the lower bladder. When the subjects stood, the lower bladder filled with urine. There was descent of the bladder neck, and obstruction was relieved. Conclusions. Acute urinary retention in cases of an impacted pelvic mass is caused by a displaced cervix compressing the lower bladder, obstructing the internal urethral orifice. The urethra itself is not compressed or distorted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1165-1169
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Volume21
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Urinary Retention
bladder
Urinary Bladder
Cervix Uteri
orifices
Uterine Retroversion
compressing
Urethral Obstruction
Mobility Limitation
Urinary Bladder Neck Obstruction
supine position
Supine Position
Leiomyoma
Urethra
uterus
Urinary Tract
urine
descent
Ultrasonography
Urine

Keywords

  • Impacted pelvic mass
  • Sonography
  • Urinary retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Sonographic findings of acute urinary retention secondary to an impacted pelvic mass. / Yang, Jenn Ming; Huang, Wen Chen.

In: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, Vol. 21, No. 10, 01.10.2002, p. 1165-1169.

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