Postoperative urinary retention--why the patient cannot void.

@article{Tammela1995PostoperativeUR,
  title={Postoperative urinary retention--why the patient cannot void.},
  author={Teuvo L. J. Tammela},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of urology and nephrology. Supplementum},
  year={1995},
  volume={175},
  pages={75-7}
}
The etiology of postoperative urinary retention involves a combination of many factors, including sedation, type of anesthesia, increased sympathetic stimulation, overdistension of the bladder by large quantities of fluids given intravenously, pain and anxiety. 

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