Inability to Urinate (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
Call your health-care provider immediately if you have symptoms of acute urinary retention.
- This condition requires urgent bladder drainage to prevent damage to the bladder, kidneys, and ureter.
- Your doctor may advise you to go to a hospital emergency department without delay.
Urologists (doctors specialized in the urinary tract system) are most often involved in the care of patients with urinary retention. Internists, family physicians, and emergency-room physicians also frequently treat urinary retention.
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