Publication Date

2014

Journal Title

West J Emerg Med

Abstract

Ketamine associated urinary dysfunction has become increasingly more common worldwide. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an established modality for diagnosing hydronephrosis in the emergency department. We describe a case of a young male ketamine abuser with severe urinary urgency and frequency in which POCUS performed by the emergency physician demonstrated bilateral hydronephrosis and a focally thickened irregular shaped bladder. Emergency physicians should consider using POCUS evaluate for hydronephrosis and bladder changes in ketamine abusers with lower urinary tract symptoms. The mainstay of treatment is discontinuing ketamine abuse.

Volume Number

15

Issue Number

4

Pages

382-4

Document Type

Article

EPub Date

2014/07/19

Status

Faculty; Northwell Researcher

Facility

School of Medicine; Northwell Health

Primary Department

Emergency Medicine

PMID

25035738

DOI

10.5811/westjem.2014.4.20571


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