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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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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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