The urinary system is the network of organs and tubes that process and carry urine out of the body. The kidneys and ureters are called the upper urinary tract. The bladder and urethra are called the lower urinary tract.
Your kidneys filter waste products and water from the blood to make urine. They also keep the proper balance of fluids and chemicals your body needs to work as it should.
Tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The bladder stores the urine. When the bladder is full, the urine leaves the body through another thin tube, called the urethra.
Urinary problems include:
Common symptoms of a urinary problem include:
Treatment for urinary problems depends on the cause. Your doctor may treat an infection with an antibiotic. Or you may need a procedure to help a kidney stone pass.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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