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Lack of urine Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Lack of urine. 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. When did the lack of urine start?

    Why: Inability to urinate or a total lack of urine is a medical emergency. Establishing the length of time of the lack of urine will help determine level of risk. Lack of urine suggest urinary tract obstruction until proved otherwise.

  2. Is there definitely a complete lack of urine being passed?

    Why: Complete anuria (lack of urine) is strongly suggestive of complete obstruction of both ureters or complete obstruction of a single kidney.

  3. What has been your recent intake of fluid?

    Why: dehydration is a frequent cause of lack of urine.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. gout increases the risk of urinary tract stones.

  5. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause renal failure and consequent lack of urine including sulfonamides, amphotericin B, gold compounds and lead; prolonged exposure to methysergide increases the risk of retroperitoneal fibrosis ( a condition where the ureters become embedded in dense fibrous tissue with resultant unilateral or bilateral obstruction); some medications may cause urinary retention including imipramine.

  6. Loin pain?

    Why: suggests upper urinary tract obstruction. It can be dull or sharp, constant or intermittent.

  7. Chest pain?

    Why: may suggest heart attack, lung infarction or dissecting aneurysm.

  8. Abdominal pain?

    Why: may suggest dissecting aneurysm.

  9. Blood in the urine (Hematuria) prior to episode of lack of urine?

    Why: would suggest glomerulonephritis, acute tubular necrosis, intravascular hemolysis and kidney stones.

  10. Fever?

    Why: may suggest infection is complicating the urinary tract obstruction or fever may represent an infection causing septic shock.

  11. Symptoms of ureteric kidney stones (stones in the ureter)?

    Why: e.g. pain in the loin radiating to the groin, pallor, sweating, vomiting, restlessness.

  12. 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 fo the urine stream, post-void dribbling of urine. Acute retention of urine presents with pain over the bladder.

  13. Symptoms of prostate cancer?

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

  14. Symptoms of shock?

    Why: e.g. cold pale blue skin, confusion, sweating, rapid pulse.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Lack of urine:

The following list of conditions have 'Lack of urine' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Lack of urine:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Lack of urine' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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