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Urology. 2013 May;81(5):1064-6. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2012.12.034. Epub 2013 Mar 5.

Acute urinary retention secondary to Epstein-Barr virus infection in a pediatric patient: a case report and review of causes of acute urinary retention in children.

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David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1738, USA.


We present the case of a 12-year-old boy with acute urinary retention presumed secondary to Epstein-Barr virus infection. Workup revealed an atonic bladder, which was refractory to medical management. The patient subsequently developed axillary lymphadenopathy, and the biopsy specimen was consistent with Epstein-Barr virus. In addition to presenting this patient with acute urinary retention secondary to EBV infection, we review the causes of acute urinary retention in children, with a focus on viral etiologies.

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