Chapter 9 - Diseases of the Abdominal Cavity
Introduction to Diseases of the Abdominal Cavity
Acute Inflammation of the Liver
Chronic Inflammation of the Liver
Congestion of the Liver
Passive Congestion of the Liver
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Acute Inflammation of the Spleen
Chronic Inflammation of the Spleen
Gall Stones
Acute Inflammation of the Stomach
Chronic Inflammation of the Stomach
Heart Burn
Cramps in the stomach
Water Brash
Milk Sickness
Acute Inflammation of the Peritoneum
Chronic Inflammation of the Peritoneum
Acute Inflammation of the Bowels
Chronic Inflammation of the Bowels
Cancer of the Intestine
Intestinal Obstruction
Air Swellings
Bilious Colic
Painters' Colic
Chronic Diarrhea
Cholera Morbus
Asiatic Cholera
Chronic Dysentery
Acute Inflamation of the Kidneys
Chronic Inflamation of the Kidneys
Acute Inflammation of the Bladder
Chronic Inflammation of the Bladder
Disease of the Supra Renal Capsules
Bright's Disease
Simple Home Tests for Urine - Diagram
Bleeding from the Kidneys
Suppresion of Urine
Retention of Urine
Inability to Hold Urine
Uric Acid Gravel
Phosphatic Deposits
Oxalic Deposits
Urate of Ammonia Deposits
Hippuric Acid Deposits
Cystine Deposits
Bladder Stones
Dropsy of the Belly
General Dropsy

9.49 Suppresion of Urine

Suppression of Urine. Ischuria Renalis.

This disease is, in one respect, just the opposite of diabetes. While immense quantities of urine are secreted in that, none is secreted in this. In that, the kidneys do too much; in this, they do nothing.
This complaint is sometimes called paralysis of the kidneys. It usually occurs in old persons, and those inclined to corpulency.

Symptoms. The patient makes no water; and if the catheter be applied, none will be found in the bladder. The patient feels unwell, restless, anxious, with a slight pain in the loins and bowels, perhaps; but on the whole not illness enough to give any very good account of it. After a little time, nausea comes on, and perhaps vomiting, and soon drowsiness, wanderings of mind, incoherent talk, hiccough, stupefaction, and death. These head symptoms are caused by the shutting up, in the kidneys, the natural outlet of urea, of an excrementitious matter, which acts as a poison to the nervous system. Before death, the perspiration has a strong smell of urine.

Treatment. The cause of this complaint not being known, the treatment must necessarily be a little uncertain. We cannot go amiss, however, in placing the patient immediately in a warm bath for fifteen or twenty minutes. Then apply over the kidneys either mustard poultices or hot fomentations.
Let the bowels be opened by the compound powder of jalap, or by elaterium (31). Epsom salts or cream of tartar might in some cases be substituted for the above. A stimulating injection is. 'so desirable (246).
Diuretics, as sweet spirits of nitre, digitalis, queen of the meadow and peach leaves, equal parts, and marshmallow, are of course called for.
Much of the poisonous matter retained may be got out through the skin, by a free use of the compound tincture of Virginia snakeroot or tincture of veratrum viride in full doses.
Although the symptoms, in the earlier stages of this complaint, may not attract much attention, or be thought worthy of notice, yet the treatment should be prompt and energetic, as a fatal termination is sometimes reached in the brief space of forty.eight hours.

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