What are urinary disorders?

The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Your kidneys filter your blood, creating urine, which travels through the ureters to the bladder, where it is stored. When the appropriate time comes, the muscles of your bladder contract and urine exits your body through your urethra. Urinary disorders include any diseases, disorders or conditions that affect your kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra, or that affect their function.

Examples of urinary disorders include cancers of the urinary tract, incontinence (inability to control urine flow), interstitial cystitis, kidney stones, kidney failure, and urinary tract infections. Common symptoms of urinary disorders include abdominal, pelvic, or lower back pain or discomfort; blood in the urine; changes in the urine; difficulty producing urine; fever and chills; frequent urination; leaking of urine; and urgent need to urinate. Some urinary disorders, such as infections, may develop quickly, while others, such as cancer, develop more slowly.

Urinary disorders can be caused by cancer, conditions affecting the structures near the urinary tract, infection, inflammation, injury, nervous system diseases, scarring, and urine crystallization. Treatment of urinary disorders involves identifying and treating the cause and symptoms. Some examples of possible treatments include self-care measures, medications to relieve pain, medications to relax the bladder, antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.

Urinary disorders can have serious, even life-threatening, complications. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms, such as abdominal, pelvic, or lower back pain that can be severe; high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit); not producing urine; or severe nausea and vomiting.

Seek prompt medical care if you have symptoms of a urinary disorder or are being treated for a urinary disorder but symptoms recur or are persistent.


SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of urinary disorders?

Some people who have urinary disorders do not experience symptoms. Others may notice changes in the color, smell or cloudiness of their urine. Some urinary disorders can cause pain or discomfort, which may be constant or may come and go in waves. Some urinary disorders involve changes in the frequency or urgency of urination, and others affect a person’s ability to hold urine or to start and ma... Read more about urinary disorderssymptoms

CAUSES

What causes urinary disorders?

Urinary disorders have a wide variety of causes. Sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia, are common causes of urethritis. Other infectious agents can cause infections of the urethra, bladder or kidneys. Irritation or trauma... Read more about urinary disorderscauses

TREATMENTS

How are urinary disorders treated?

Treatment of urinary disorders begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows a health care professional to provide early screening tests. Regular medical care also provides an opportunity for your health care professional to evaluate your symptoms and your risks for developing urinary disorders promptly.

Specific treatments depend on th... Read more about urinary disorderstreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Kidneys and the Urinary System


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