Bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) is a blockage at the base of the bladder. It reduces or stops the flow of urine into the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body.
BOO; Lower urinary tract obstruction; Prostatism; Urinary retention - BOO
This condition is common in aging men. It is often caused by enlarged prostate. Bladder stones and bladder cancer are also more commonly seen in men than women. As a man ages, his chance of getting these diseases increases greatly.
Other common causes of BOO include:
Less common causes include:
The symptoms of BOO may vary, but can include:
Your health care provider will ask about your symptoms and medical history. You will undergo a physical exam.
One or more of the following problems may be found:
Tests may include:
Treatment of BOO depends on its cause. A tube, called a catheter, is inserted into the bladder. The insertion is done through the urethra to relieve the blockage.
Sometimes, a catheter placed through the belly area into the bladder is needed to drain the bladder.
Most often, you will need surgery for long-term cure of BOO. However, many of the diseases that cause this problem can be treated with medicines. Talk to your provider about possible treatments.
Most causes of BOO can be cured if diagnosed early. However, permanent damage to the bladder or kidneys can result if the diagnosis is delayed.
Call your provider if you have symptoms of BOO. Early diagnosis can often lead to a simple and effective cure.
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