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Suggest remedy for urinary retention

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Posted on Wed, 2 Dec 2015
Question: my father says he is having trouble urinating. he is 90
He says he is not in great pain but is uncomfortable and cant sleep because he feels he needs to urinate
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
probably benign prostatic hypertrophy

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

it sounds like benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). A urinary tract infection has to be excluded first though. Checking with a urinalysis is the appropriate first step in investigation, followed by an ultrasound scan for the evaluation of both the prostate and the rest of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder), since this symptom may occur in various other (less common) disorders.

Some blood tests would be helpful too. Urea and creatinine are important to evaluate renal function.

Other symptoms of BPH include:
- difficulty in initiating urination.
- difficuclty during urination (starting and stopping)
- weak urine stream
- frequent visits to the WC (less than 2 hours after previous urination)
- sensation of incomplete bladder evacuation after finishing urination

I hope you find my comments helpful!
You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information.

Kind Regards!
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Brief Answer: probably benign prostatic hypertrophy Detailed Answer: Hello, it sounds like benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). A urinary tract infection has to be excluded first though. Checking with a urinalysis is the appropriate first step in investigation, followed by an ultrasound scan for the evaluation of both the prostate and the rest of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder), since this symptom may occur in various other (less common) disorders. Some blood tests would be helpful too. Urea and creatinine are important to evaluate renal function. Other symptoms of BPH include: - difficulty in initiating urination. - difficuclty during urination (starting and stopping) - weak urine stream - frequent visits to the WC (less than 2 hours after previous urination) - sensation of incomplete bladder evacuation after finishing urination I hope you find my comments helpful! You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information. Kind Regards!