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Urinary tract disorders 

Urinary tract disorders
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Urinary tract disorders
Author(s):

Mikel Gray

and Terran Sims

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0015
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date: 12 November 2018

Patients receiving palliative care frequently experience urinary system disorders. A malignancy or systemic disease may affect voiding function and produce urinary incontinence, urinary retention, or upper urinary tract obstruction. In addition, upper acute renal insufficiency or renal failure may occur if the upper urinary tract becomes obstructed. These disorders may be directly attributable to a malignancy or systemic disease or they may be caused by a specific treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy, or a related medication. Nursing management of patients with urinary system disorders is affected by the nature of the urological condition, the patient’s general condition, and the nearness to death.

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