September 17, 2013

Statin-Associated Underactive Bladder


  • bladder;
  • statin;
  • underactive bladder;
  • urinary retention


Statins are widely used to treat hypercholesterolemia but can lead to side-effects. We present a case of statin-associated permanent urinary retention in a 69-year-old woman. Oral Cerivastatin was prescribed 2 months prior to the onset of retention. With the discontinuation of Cerivastatin, the patient reported modest improvement in symptoms. The findings of this case support the potential risk of permanent bladder smooth muscle damage due to statin that may lead to underactive bladder and urinary retention.