Filarial chyluria as a rare cause of urinary retention

Hideharu Hagiya, Tomohiro Terasaka, Kosuke Kimura, Asuka Satou, Kikuko Asano, Koichi Waseda, Yoshihisa Hanayama, Takahide Takahashi, Michinori Aoe, Koji Iio, Toshiyuki Watanabe, Eisei Kondo, Fumio Otsuka

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We herein describe a case of Wuchereria bancrofti infection in a previously healthy 37-year-old Nepalese man. The patient presented with a history of milky urine with subsequent acute urinary retention lasting for a few days. The presence of microfilariae was confirmed on both peripheral blood and urine smears obtained at midnight. He was conservatively treated with diethylcarbamazine combined with doxycycline. Filariasis was previously endemic in southern parts of Japan, although it has been eradicated. Clinicians should remember filariasis as a potential etiology of urinary retention, especially in cases that may be associated with imported infectious disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2001-2005
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Chyluria
  • Diethylcarbamazine (DEC)
  • Filariasis
  • Imported infectious disease
  • Wuchereria bancrofti

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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