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Sunday, May 19, 2013
The urinary tract is an efficient system where in a 24-hour period, it thoroughly cleans roughly 200 quarts of fluid, returns most of it to the circulatory system and eliminates the leftover as urine through the bladder.
Although the system is effective and efficient, it commonly doesn't work well. These breakdowns in the system can cause discomfort and sometimes significant pain. Consider these statistics:
The kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra and the male prostate are the main parts of the urinary tract.
The urinary tract is prone to several disorders due to injury, illness or the aging process. Some of the more common of these include:
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI): There are several types of infections, all of which are caused by harmful bacteria caught in the urinary system.
Kidney or Bladder Stones: These are tiny clumps of calcium or uric acid that can get obstructed in the urethra.
Prostate Enlargement (BPH): Also known as benign prostatic hyerplasia (BPH), prostate enlargement can lead to partial blockage of the urinary system.
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Last Reviewed: Mar 02, 2007
Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University