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Night urination Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Night urination. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the problem of nocturia (night urination)?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is there day time urinary frequency also?

    Why: should consider Polyuria ( excessive urination) as an alternative diagnosis. See Polyuria.

  3. What is your fluid intake prior to bedtime?

    Why: drinking fluids close to bedtime may cause night urination.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes insipidus may be associated with pituitary tumor, hypothalamic tumor, brain metastasis, leukemia, tuberculosis, meningitis, sarcoidosis, base of skull fracture, brain hemorrhage, renal tubular acidosis; chronic nephritis may be caused by chronic pyelonephritis (kidney urinary tract infection), diabetes, sickle cell disease and lead poisoning.

  5. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. hypothalamic-pituitary surgery is the most common cause of diabetes insipidus.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some medications can cause symptoms of prostatism including night urination such as the tricyclic antidepressants, anti-Parkinson medications, ephedrine and salbutamol ;some medications can cause diabetes insipidus such as lithium, glibenclamide; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may cause chronic nephritis.

  7. Sexual history?

    Why: to determine risk of sexually acquired urethritis.

  8. Pain with urination?

    Why: may suggest cystitis (bladder urinary infection), prostatitis or urethritis.

  9. Shortness of breath, breathlessness lying down flat and swollen ankles?

    Why: may suggest congestive cardiac failure. If there is no shortness of breath or swollen ankles must consider chronic nephritis.

  10. Urinary incontinence at night (enuresis)?

    Why: If the volume of urine released is small, stress incontinence and vesicovaginal fistula should be considered. If the volume of urine released is large should consider a neurological condition or an enlarged prostate with bladder neck obstruction.

  11. Symptoms of urge urinary incontinence?

    Why: e.g. need to pass urine frequently, often several times at night as well as during the day, urgency to make it to the toilet to urinate.

  12. Symptoms of congestive cardiac failure?

    Why: e.g. shortness of breath on exertion, peripheral edema (swollen ankles), orthopnea (breathlessness lying down flat), paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (inappropriate severe breathlessness causing waking from sleep.

  13. Symptoms of benign enlargement of the prostate gland?

    Why: e.g. prior to acute retention of urine (lack of urine flow) may experience frequency of urination, passing urine at night (nocturia), difficulty in initiating urination, reduced force of the urine stream, post-void dribbling of urine.

  14. Symptoms of prostate cancer?

    Why: e.g. as for benign enlargement of the prostate; may also have features of metastatic spread of cancer such as bone pain.

  15. Symptoms of cystitis (bladder urinary infection)?

    Why: e.g. pain or burning with urination, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, blood in the urine, low grade fever, pain over the bladder, lower back pain.

  16. Symptoms of prostatitis?

    Why: e.g. high fever, chills, low back pain, pain in the perineal area (between the anus and base of penis), urinary frequency, urinary urgency, weak urine stream, blood in the urine.

  17. Symptoms of urethritis?

    Why: e.g. pain or burning with urination, penile discharge (clear, white or yellow) in men.

  18. Symptoms of chronic nephritis?

    Why: e.g. Polyuria ( excessive urination), noctura (urination at night), sometimes blood in the urine.

  19. Symptoms of Diabetes insipidus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, large quantities of urine produced, need to urinate at night, excessive thirst, dehydration.

  20. Symptoms of pregnancy?

    Why: e.g. missed periods, breast enlargement, breast tenderness, nausea, urinary frequency, urination at night.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Night urination:

The following list of conditions have 'Night urination' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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