Urinary retention is the inability to urinate completely and empty the bladder. Urinary retention can be acute or chronic. Acute bladder retention occurs suddenly and lasts for a short time. The urinary retention happens due to obstructive or non obstructive reasons. Urine retention is a life-threatening medical condition, requires immediate attention.


Anything that prevents the flow of urine from your bladder will cause severe (acute) or long-term (chronic) urinary retention. An unexpected and absolute obstruction provokes acute urinary retention. A slow, progressive, partial breakthrough can cause chronic urinary retention. These are the general causes of urinary obstruction in both men and women.

An acute urinary retention according to Doctors at One Life is a life threatening issue giving great level of discomfort where in a person cannot urinate even when the bladder is full. Such a situation is potentially life threatening medical state needing immediate attention.

In comparison to Acute Urinary retention a chronic urinary retention is a long standing medical condition where the patient can urinate but cannot empty their bladder completely. It can sustain for a longer period but can flare up with urinary incontinence or urinary tract infection.

The urinary retention can affect anyone a woman or a man, but in general men in their 50s and 60s are more prone to this condition due to an enlarged prostate gland.

Ways to treat Urinary Retention

Doctors at One Life Health Care advice their patients go for the following treatments namely:

  1. Urethral Dilation
  2. Prostate Medication
  3. Bladder Drainage
  4. Urethral Stents
  5. Surgery

But each of the above treatment will depend on the kind of urinary retention issue one has.      In such scenarios One Life Health Care Doctors also advise that one can face some complications like urinary tract infections, bladder damage, kidney damage and urinary incontinence. Doctors and Nursing Care givers at One Life Health care give good support to the patients with such issues at their doorstep.