Inability to Urinate Topic Guide
Inability to Urinate: The inability to urinate (urinary retention) may be caused by enlarged prostate, urinary tract infection or ruptured disc. Symptoms include abdominal pain and fever. Acute urinary retention requires a trip to the emergency department.
Enlarged Prostate A man's prostate gland usually starts to enlarge after he reaches age 40 years or middle age. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy. As the prostate gland grows, it may press on the urethra and cause difficulty with urination. Medications and surgery are available if an enlarged prostate is causing problems.