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Fowler's Syndrome

Fowler’s Syndrome - First described in 1985, it is a cause of urinary retention (inability to pass water normally) in young women. Urinary retention in young women is not common but can be quite debilitating. The abnormality lies in the urethral sphincter (the muscle that keeps you continent). The problem is caused by the sphincter’s failure to relax to allow urine to be passed normally. There is no neurological disorder associated with the condition. Up to half the women have associated polycystic ovaries.

Fowler's Syndrome: UCL Institute of Neurology information page

See also Continence problems page

PubMed Medline search on Fowler's Syndrome

Support Groups

See Continence page for support groups