The object of this paper is mainly to place on record two very unusual cases of retention of urine in children. At the same time four other cases of retention are presented, to illustrate some of the less uncommon forms of this condition occurring in childhood. All of these cases may serve to emphasize the insidiousness with which the condition may begin and the importance of early diagnoses. Even in adults, it is often found that the common symptoms of frequency and difficulty of urination are absent in the earlier stages, and it is only after a considerable period of time has elapsed that the patient begins to suffer with secondary symptoms, usually the result of faulty elimination on the part of the kidneys.
The symptoms most commonly observed are loss of weight and strength, gastric disturbances with attacks of nausea, sometimes headache and dyspnea, and usually secondary anemia resembling