Your urinary systemis made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The key elements inthe system are the kidneys. Your kidneys are a pair of fist-sized organslocated below the ribs toward the middle of the back. The kidneys remove extraliquid and waste from your blood in the form of urine.
Narrow tubes calledureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder (sack-like organ in thelower abdomen). Urine is stored in your bladder and empties through a narrowcanal called the urethra.
When parts of theurinary system are not functioning as they should, symptoms can vary or you maynot have any early symptoms. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe.
Some typical signsand symptoms of urologic conditions such as urinary/kidney obstruction, bladdercancer, kidney cancer or prostate cancer may include:1
- Blood in your urine or semen
- A lump in your abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- Pain in your side or lower back
- Changes in urination (inability, frequency, pain, less output, incontinence)
- Feeling the need to urinate without results
- Sensation that the bladder is not completely empty after urinating
- Trouble starting or holding back urination
- Aweak or interrupted flow
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