Urinary Retention - Complications

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What are the complications of urinary retention?

Urinary tract infection

Urine is normally sterile, and the normal flow of urine usually prevents bacteria from growing in the urinary tract. When urine stays in the bladder, however, bacteria have a chance to grow and infect the urinary tract.

Bladder damage

If the bladder becomes stretched too far or for long periods, the muscle may be permanently damaged and lose its ability to contract.

Chronic kidney disease

If urine backs up into the kidneys, permanent kidney damage can lead to reduced kidney function and chronic kidney disease. If you lose too much of your kidney function, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.

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