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can constipation cause urinary retention?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Not usually: Some problems that cause constipation, such as electrolyte or nerve disorders can cause bladders to retain urine. Best to be examined by your doctor and ask this question.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Rarely: Severe stool impaction can cause urinary retention especially in chidren. A large hard bolus of stool can compress thethra ; even push up the bladder neck. Such patients usually need a manual stool disimpaction followed by vigorous enemas ; should consult with a gastroenterologist if they have not previously done so.
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: Sometimes there is enough stool in the colon and the bowel becomes enlarged enough so that it can mechanically obstruct the outflow of the urinary tract/bladder. Work to keep stool soft and formed with generous daily water intake, dietary fiber and exercise:)

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