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What are common issues that can stop your bladder from emptying?

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The two most common are:

  • Larger-than-usual prostate. As men age, the prostate usually gets bigger and can squeeze the urethra, the tube that carries pee out of the body. When that happens, it’s like a kink in a hose -- pee doesn’t flow as well, which makes it hard for the bladder to empty.
  • Nerve damage. Also called neurogenic bladder, it means your bladder’s nerves don’t work like they normally would. This can lead to urine left in there.

From: What Are Bladder Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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