ICD-10 R30..0
ICD-9 788.1
DiseasesDB 18003
MeSH D053159

In medicine, specifically urology, dysuria refers to painful urination.[1][2]

Difficult urination is also sometimes described as dysuria.[3]

It is one of a constellation of irritative bladder symptoms, which includes urinary frequency and haematuria.


Differential diagnosis

This is typically described to be a burning or stinging sensation. It is most often a result of a urinary tract infection. It may also be due to an STD, bladder stones, bladder tumours, and virtually any condition of the prostate. It can also occur as a side effect of anticholinergic medication used for Parkinson's disease.

Dysuria causes can be split into four categories. These include a large number of conditions which may or may not be included in this list.

Urinary Tract


Drugs and Irritants

  • Chemical Irritants e.g. Soaps, Tampons, Toilet paper
  • Drugs e.g. NSAIDS, anticholinergics,



Treatment of Dysuria depends on its cause.

Notable cases

Napoleon, General of the French, is said to have suffered from the condition from time to time, particularly in the French invasion of Russia, when he was sometimes unable to inspect the battle field because of this condition.


  1. ^ MeSH Dysuria
  2. ^ Mark B. Mengel; L. Peter Schwiebert (2005). Family medicine: ambulatory care & prevention. McGraw-Hill Professional. pp. 121–. ISBN 9780071423229. http://books.google.com/books?id=XvLo7xvmFo0C&pg=PA121. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dysuria" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary

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