Not Medical Advice: According to theNational Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder completely. Urinary retention can be acute or chronic.
Acute urinary retention happens suddenly and lasts only a short time. People with acute urinary retention cannot urinate at all, even though they have a full bladder. Chronic urinary retention can be a long-lasting medical condition. People with chronic urinary retention can urinate. However, they do not completely empty all of the urine from their bladders.
Urinary retention can result from
- obstruction of the urethra
- nerve problems
- weakened bladder muscles
Obstruction of the urethra causes urinary retention by blocking the normal urine flow out of the body. Conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia—also called BPH—urethral stricture, urinary tract stones, cystocele, rectocele, constipation, and certain tumors and cancers can cause an obstruction.
For men in their 50s and 60s, urinary retention is often caused by prostate enlargement due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If you have BPH, you may have one or more of these problems:
- A frequent and urgent need to urinate. You may get up several times a night to go to the bathroom.
- Trouble starting a urine stream. Even though you feel you have to rush to get to the bathroom, you find it hard to start urinating.
- A weak stream of urine
- A small amount of urine each time you go
- The feeling that you still have to go, even when you have just finished urinating
- Leaking or dribbling urine
- Small amounts of blood in your urine
Learn more about urinary retention here.
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In medical news, a new experimental vaccine may help prevent the most common urinary tract infections (UTIs) linked to use of catheters. Urinary catheters are used to drain the bladder. Those with urinary incontinence or urinary retention, the health care providers recommend the use of catheter.
Through the latest finding, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have come up with a novel experimental vaccine which they believe may help prevent UTI linked with use of catheter tubes in hospitals and other facilities. Find out more at Science World Report.