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Urination - painful

Definition

Painful urination is any pain, discomfort, or burning sensation when passing urine.

Alternative Names

Dysuria; Painful urination

Considerations

Pain may be felt right where the urine passes out of the body. Or, it may be felt inside the body, behind the pubic bone, or in the bladder or prostate.

Pain on urination is a fairly common problem. People who have pain with urination also may have the urge to urinate more often.

Causes

Painful urination is most often caused by an infection or inflammation somewhere in the urinary tract. For example it may be a:

Painful urination in women and girls may be due to:

Other causes of painful urination include:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions such as:

A urinalysis will be done. A urine culture may be ordered. If you have had a previous bladder or kidney infection, a more detailed history and physical are needed. Extra lab tests will also be needed. A pelvic exam and exam of vaginal fluids are needed for women and girls who have vaginal discharge. Men who have discharge from the penis will need to have a urethral swab done.

Treatment depends on what is causing the pain.

References

Ban KM, Easter JS. Selected urologic problems. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 99.


Review Date: 1/21/2015
Reviewed By: Scott Miller, MD, urologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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