What is Urinary Retention?

Urinary Retention is the inability to empty the bladder fully. Your doctor may diagnose you with either a chronic or an acute urinary retention. Generally, with a chronic urinary retention there is an obstruction preventing urine to flow freely through the urinary track. A common example for a urinary obstruction are kidney stones. With an acute urinary retention there may be a nerve problem that is causing an interference with signals between the brain and the bladder.


• Difficulty to fully empty the bladder
• Loss of small amounts of urine during the day
• Weak stream of urine
• Inability to feel when bladder is full
• Difficulty starting to urine
• Increased abdominal pressure
• Lack of urge to urinate
• Strained efforts to push urine out of the bladder
• Frequent urination
• Nocturia (waking up several times throughout the night to urinate)


• Stroke
• Vaginal childbirth
• Pelvic injury or trauma
• Impaired muscle or nerve function due to medication or anesthesia
• Accidents that injure the brain or spinal cord

Obstructive retention may result from:
• Cancer
• Kidney or bladder stones
• Enlarged prostate (BPH) in men

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