What are the signs and symptoms of bladder outlet obstruction associated with flank pain?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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A patient with bladder outlet obstruction will generally present with suprapubic fullness and urinary urgency. If this is acute, uncomfortable bladder distention can be a symptom. However, if the obstruction is chronic and developed gradually over a long time period, no such symptoms may be present. Abdominal examiation may reveal a palpably full bladder and enlarged prostatate on digital rectal examination.

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