Urine Retention Urine retention occurs when something prevents the flow of urine from the bladder to the urethra and out of the body. It may be acute or chronic. Chronic urine retention is the condition of being able to pass small quantities of urine but with difficulty and the bladder is unable to completely empty. Chronic urine retention is usually painless and symptoms include a frequent need to urinate, difficulty in starting the urine flow, swelling of the abdomen, a weak urine flow and dribbling at the end of urinating as well as between urinating. Acute urine retention is when the person is unable to pass urine, causing significant pain. Acute urine retention symptoms include lower abdominal pain, a sensation of fullness in the lower abdomen as well as a painful urge and inability to pass urine.Treatments available include temporary or permanent catheterization, medication, treating the underlying cause, herbal therapies and homoeopathy.
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