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What does it mean if I have urinary retention?

What does it mean if I have urinary retention?

Can't urinate: Urinary retention means either complete inability to urinate, emergency which requires catheterization for relief, or else retaining significant amount of urine if urination is possible. Most commonly in older men with prostate enlargement, or women with vaginal or uterine prolapse or cystocele. Also caused by spinal cord injuries + other causes of neurogenic bladder, ms, some utis, urethral tic. ...Read more

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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more


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Wht tamsulosin means?Is it safe to take flomax as im having mild hydronephrosis onrkidney?Urinary retention and burning sensation gone2weks ago-male28

Wht tamsulosin means?Is it safe to take flomax as im having mild hydronephrosis onrkidney?Urinary retention and burning sensation gone2weks ago-male28

alpha blocker: Tamsulosin is an Alpha blocker that relaxes the muscles around the bladder neck/prostate to allow the bladder to empty better. It is safe to take in the setting of hydronephrosis. ...Read more

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Could I have urinary retention related to anesthesia?

Could I have urinary retention related to anesthesia?

Yes, ...: Postoperative urinary retention may develop but can be prevented by catheterizing the patient timely to avoid bladder undue overdistention while the bladder under stressful conditions to empty such as after deep general anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, pain, lying position, pain medication, presence of existing silent lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), etc. So, beware these and manage it timely... ...Read more

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Could I have urinary retention or a shy bladder?

Could I have urinary retention or a shy bladder?

Here are some ...: Yes, it may develop in few without obvious disorders of nerve system, but simply from inadequate relaxation and opening of urinary sphincter to coordinate the sequential contraction of bladder muscle (detrusor) so to maintain normal pressure inside bladder during peeing. This condition could be suspected by detailing voiding Hx as well as testing and following residual urine, etc. under medical Rx ...Read more

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I have urinary retention after bladder sling surgery. Doctor tried to surgically fix it but still can not void. What can I do?

I have urinary retention after bladder sling surgery. Doctor tried to surgically fix it but still can not void. What can I do?

Second opinion: Releasing the sling is a simple procedure and should have worked. It often results in leakage again but not always. The only time i've seen this in a patient w/o a preexisting problem that did not reapond to release was when the patient was very anxious. This will require further evaluation by a doc who has more experience with slings than it sounds like yours might after releasing i'd stretch it. ...Read more

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What's urinary retention?

What's urinary retention?

Inability to urinate: Or inability to fully empty bladder. Urine is retained. ...Read more

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What causes urinary retention?

What causes urinary retention?

Many causes: Recent surgery/anesthesia bladder outlet obstruction medications neurologic disorders (multiple sclerosus, for example) diabetes infection. ...Read more

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How is urinary retention treated?

How is urinary retention treated?

Catheterization as: An emergency. Then cause must be treated. Antibiotics if due to infection. Medication or surgery if due to prostatic obstruction. Urethrotomy or urethroplasty if due to urethral stricture. Enema or stool disimpaction if due to constipation. Intermittent catheterization for neurogenic bladder dysfunction. Bladder suspension for prolapse. Valve resection for posterior or anterior urethral valves. ...Read more

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What could cause urinary retention?

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Urinary retention: Antidepressants with strong anticholinergic actions such as trazodone & elavil, (amitriptyline) in large doses or in susceptible individuals. This is in psychiatry. ...Read more

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How is fast is urinary retention detected?

How is fast  is urinary retention detected?

No urine = quickly: If you're not able to urinate you are in retention. Otherwise you need a bladder scan/ultrasound to determine how well you're emptying. For more: @thepeedoc www.Peedoc.Com. ...Read more

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What causes urinary retention in young men?

What causes urinary retention in young men?

Various causes: Often, this occurs after pelvic surgery (hernia or hemorrhoid, for example). Less often, spinal or nerve dysfunction. ...Read more

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Where is chronic urinary retention treated?

Where is chronic urinary retention treated?

Urology Office: After failure of meds you may benefit from minimally invasive treatment using microwave etc. If you are in true retention it is an indication for a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).For more: @thepeedoc www.Peedoc.Com. ...Read more

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What causes acute urinary retention postop?

Many reasons: It may be related to anesthesia, medications, or the type of surgery you had. If the surgery was done near the bladder, you are more likely to have this problem. However, it is mostly temporary and will resolve. Occasionally, medication is used to help with this. You may also need to use the cathether until the problem resolves, either by intermittent self-catheterization or indwelling cath. ...Read more

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What's chronic urinary retention defined as?

Long term: As opposed to acute, chronic urinary retention is defined as inability completely empty your baldder that is long term and likely permanent. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of acute urinary retention?

What are symptoms of acute urinary retention?

You can't urinate: You can't urinate. When things get worse it's painful and you can have renal failure. For more: @thepeedoc www.Peedoc.Com. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of chronic urinary retention?

What are symptoms of chronic urinary retention?

Variable: Sometimes no symptoms, sometimes frequency, wetting the bed at night, infections, kidney failure; a clue to chronicity is lots of volume in the bladder with minimal sensation of fullness. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about urinary retention?

Don't worry: Never worth worrying about medical problems unless they concern a loved one or friend.Urinary retention can always be treated and virtually never due to a malignancy. Ur in women can be caused by severe stool impaction, cystocele or uterine prolapse & correctable.Due to neurogenic bladder will need to be managed by intermittent catheterization. Surgery will cure if male with prostate enlargement. ...Read more

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Can I die from urinary retention if I ignore it?

Can I die from urinary retention if I ignore it?

Agonizing death: You will be in severe discomfort/pain with complete urinary retention unless your bladder is neurogenic and devoid of sensation. Retention due to prostatic obstruction, bladder stone or tumor can kill you secondary to uremia after kidneys stop filtering waste products from your body. Blood potassium can rise and cause cardiac arrest, progressive uremia can lead to coma. Catheterization is better! ...Read more

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Classic signs of postoperative urinary retention?

Classic signs of postoperative urinary retention?

Multiple signs : The signs of postop urinary retention include inability to urinate and increasing discomfort in the lower abdomen and pelvis. Common reasons include lack of walking, narcotic pain medication which may cause constipation too, or neurological injury from pelvic, spine, or neurologic surgery. Treatment is urethral catheterization, Alpha blocker medication for some men, and followup w urologist. ...Read more

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