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What is urinary stasis?

Question:

What is urinary stasis?

Renal System:

The renal system (also known as the urinary system) consists of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. One of the main functions of this system is to produce urine to help excrete various substances (minerals, urea, etc) from the body.

Answer and Explanation:

Urinary stasis (also known as urinary retention) is a condition in which the bladder is not able to completely empty. Urinary stasis can have several different causes, which include:

  • A blockage (such as a kidney stone) that blocks the flow of urine out of the kidneys and/or through the ureters and urethra
  • Dysfunction or weakening of the muscles around the bladder
  • Urethral strictures (narrowing of the urethra)
  • Damage to the nerves of the urinary system
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Certain medications (NSAIDs, anticholinergics)

Learn more about this topic:

Major Types of Urinary System Diseases & Disorders

from MTEL Biology (13): Practice & Study Guide

Chapter 22 / Lesson 5
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