Dysuria (Pain with Urinating)

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What is Dysuria?

Dysuria is the medical term used to describe pain or burning when urinating (peeing) or having trouble urinating. You can have dysuria when you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or inflammation. It can be caused by some chemotherapies or radiation therapy when the treatment area includes the ureters, bladder or urethra.

How is dysuria managed?

Dysuria can be managed by:

  • Drinking more water.
  • Treatment of an infection if you have one.

When should I call my care team?

If you are having pain or trouble urinating, contact your care provider. Your care team will be able to work with you to figure out what is causing it and what treatment you need.

References

American Family Physician. Dysuria: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis in Adults. 2015. Found at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p778.html

King CR, Brooks JD, Gill H, Presti JC, Jr. Long-term outcomes from a prospective trial of stereotactic body radiotherapy for low-risk prostate cancer. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics. 2012;82(2):877-82.

Mercadante S, Ferrera P, Casuccio A. Prevalence of opioid-related dysuria in patients with advanced cancer having pain. The American journal of hospice & palliative care. 2011;28(1):27-30.

Szynglarewicz B, Zietek M, Forgacz J, Kornafel J, Pieniazek M, Maciejczyk A, et al. Urinary complications in rectal cancer patients are related to the dissection tool. Hepato-gastroenterology. 2012;59(115):724-6.

Vaz AF, Conde DM, Costa-Paiva L, Morais SS, Esteves SB, Pinto-Neto AM. Quality of life and adverse events after radiotherapy in gynecologic cancer survivors: a cohort study. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics. 2011;284(6):1523-31.

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