According to Ettmuller,1 "there may be suppression of urine for ten or eleven days before death, sometimes they live to the fourteenth, seldom to the twentieth; but if there be large sweat they may survive longer." Sir William Roberts2 states that the "duration of life for fifteen days is remarkable," while Ransohoff3 believed that "death follows from uremia in five to twenty-five days, unless the obstruction is released spontaneously or by operation."
In an extensive survey of the literature, I have collected reports of nineteen cases of complete anuria with a duration of from twenty to twenty-nine days. There were two cases reported of twenty days;4 five of twenty-one days;5 one of twenty-two days;6 two cases of twenty-three days;7 one of twenty-four days;8 two of twenty-five days;9 three of twenty-seven days,10 and three of twenty-eight days.11 Among the fatalities
MYERS WA. OBSTRUCTIVE ANURIA: REPORT OF A REMARKABLE CASE. JAMA. 1925;85(1):10–13. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670010014004
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