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Difficulty Passing Urine

In men, difficulty passing urine is usually caused by prostate gland problems, such as enlargement of the prostate or a prostate infection. However, there are a number of other conditions that can contribute to this problem.

Let's start by fining out if you might have a less common problem -- kidney failure. A number of symptoms can signal kidney problems, but the most worrisome is that your kidneys produce much less urine than normal.

Over the past 48 hours, are you passing less than two cups (16 ounces, or about 500 milliliters) of urine per day?

Yes, I am passing less than two cups of urine per day.

No, I am passing more than two cups of urine per day.

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