What are urologic disorders?
Urologic disorders involve problems in the urinary tract, from the kidneys to the ureter. They are a very common ailment and become even more common as we age.
Urologic disorders are anything that disrupts or prevents the production of urine in the kidneys or prevents the free flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder and out of the body. Some of the more common urologic disorders include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Bladder stones
- Kidney stones
- Cancer of any of the kidneys, bladder, or prostate
- Enlarged prostate
What are the symptoms of urologic disorders?
Not all urologic disorders share the same symptoms, but there are a few that point to the probability of a urological problem. These include:
- Difficulty passing urine
- Pain while urinating
- Frequent urges to urinate
- Pain in the lower back
What causes urologic disorders?
Some urologic disorders, like UTIs, are caused by bacteria. Others, like an enlarged prostate, may simply be the result of aging. Bladder and Kidney stones may be caused by an excess of certain minerals in the blood. Cancer of any of the areas of the urinary tract can be caused by genetic and/or environmental factors.
Can any complications arise if left untreated?
The complications of untreated urologic problems depend on the type of disorder you are dealing with. Untreated UTIs may spread to the kidneys, eventually becoming a systemic infection that may be very hard to treat. Stones may continue to grow and cause pain and injury to the kidney or bladder. Any untreated cancer will continue to grow and spread to other organs.
What medications treat urologic disorders
The medication prescribed for urologic disorders varies depending on the exact medical condition. Antibiotics will be prescribed for UTIs, chemotherapy, and surgery may be needed to treat cancers, and kidney stones can be treated with Aloprim to reduce the uric acid concentration in your blood and urine.
Common medications may include
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