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Chapter 45. Management of Patients with Urinary Disorders. Lower Urinary Tract Infections. Cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland), and Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra).

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Chapter 45

Chapter 45

Management of Patients with Urinary Disorders

Lower urinary tract infections

Lower Urinary Tract Infections

  • Cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder),

  • Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland), and

  • Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra).

  • Upper UTI; Pylonephritis (inflammation of the renal pelvis), interstitial nephritis (inflammation of the kidney), and renal abscesses

Lower urinary tract infections1

Lower Urinary Tract Infections

  • mechanisms maintain the sterility of the bladder:

    • the physical barrier of the urethra,

    • urine flow,

    • ureterovesical junction competence,

    • various antibacterial enzymes and antibodies, and antiadherent effects mediated by the mucosal cells of the bladder.

Risk factors for uti

Risk Factors for UTI

  • Inability or failure to empty the bladder completely

  • Obstructed urinary flow

  • Decreased natural host defenses or immunosuppression

  • Instrumentation of the urinary tract (eg, catheterization, cystoscopic procedures)

  • Inflammation or abrasion of the urethral mucosa

    • Contributing conditions: DM, Pregnancy, neurogenic disorders, Gout, and altered states caused by incomplete emptying of the bladder and urinary stasis



  • Bacteria gain access to the bladder, attach to and colonize the epithelium of the urinary tract to avoid being washed out with voiding, evade host defense mechanisms, and initiate inflammation.

  • Many UTIs result from fecal organisms that ascend from the perineum to the urethra and the bladder and then adhere to the mucosal surfaces.

  • Escherichia coli is the most common agent

Management of patients with urinary disorders

  • Urethrovesical reflux: With coughing and straining, bladder pressure rises, which may force urine from the bladder into the urethra. (A) When bladder pressure returns to normal, the urine flows back to the bladder (B), which introduces bacteria from the urethra to the bladder. Ureterovesical reflux: With failure of the ureterovesical valve, urine moves up the ureters during voiding (C) and flows into the bladder when voiding stops (D). This prevents complete emptying of the bladder. It also leads to urinary stasis and contamination of the ureters with bacteria-laden urine.

Routes of infection

Routes of Infection

  • transurethral route (ascending infection),

  • through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread), or

  • by means of a fistula from the intestine (direct extension)

Clinical manifestations

Clinical Manifestations

  • About half of all patients with bacteriuria have no symptoms.

  • dysuria (painful or difficult urination), burning on urination, frequency (voiding more than every 3 hours), urgency, nocturia, incontinence, and suprapubic or pelvic pain. Hematuria and back pain may also be present

Gerontologic considerations

Gerontologic Considerations

  • High incidence of chronic illness

  • Frequent use of antimicrobial agents

  • Presence of infected pressure ulcers

  • Immunocompromise

  • Cognitive impairment

  • Immobility and incomplete emptying of bladder

  • Use of a bedpan rather than a commode or toilet



  • UA: puss cells > 4, ? hematouria

  • C&S.

  • WBCs

Medical management

Medical Management

  • Pharmacological agents according to C&S

  • Patient should be instructed to complete the antibiotic course

Utis nursing care

UTIs – Nursing Care


Impaired Urinary Elimination

Readiness for Enhanced Self Health Management


Acute pyelonephritis

Acute Pyelonephritis

  • Clinical Manifestations

    • Chills, fever, leukocytosis, bacteriuria and pyuria.

    • Low back pain, flank pain, nausea and vomiting, headache, malaise, and painful urination are common findings.

    • Pain and tenderness in the area of the costovertebral angle

    • Symptoms of lower UTI

Medical managmenet

Medical managmenet

  • On out patient basis: AB for 2 weeks

  • Good oral hydration

  • If there is a relapse, AB for 6 weeks

  • If there is N&V > admission, IV Fluids and IV AB

Chronic pyelonephritis

Chronic Pyelonephritis

  • Clinical Manifestations

  • Usually asymptomatic unless an acute exacerbation occurs.

  • Noticeable S&S may include fatigue, headache, poor appetite, polyuria, excessive thirst, and weight loss.

  • Persistent and recurring infection may produce progressive scarring of the kidney resulting in renal failure

Urinary incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

  • Involuntary urination

  • Causes of Transient Incontinence: DIAPPERS

    • Delirium

    • Infection of urinary tract

    • Atrophic vaginitis, urethritis

    • Pharmacologic agents (anticholinergics, sedatives, analgesics, diuretics, muscle relaxants, adrenergic

    • Psychological factors (depression, regression)

    • Excessive urine production (increased intake, diabetes insipidus, diabetic ketoacidosis)

    • Restricted activity

    • Stool impaction

Urinary incontinence1

Urinary Incontinence

  • Types

    • Stress

    • Urge

    • Overflow

    • Reflex

    • Functional

    • Iatrogenic incontinence

    • mixed incontinence

Urinary incontinence treatment

Urinary Incontinence - Treatment

  • Medications

    • Anticholinergic agents

    • alpha-adrenergic

    • Estrogen therapy

  • Surgery

    • Bladder neck suspension

    • Prostatectomy

Urinary incontinence treatment1

Urinary Incontinence - Treatment

  • Behavioral modification

    • Kegal exercise

    • Fluid management

    • Timed voiding (? Every 2 hours)

Urinary retention

Urinary Retention

  • Occurs when bladder cannot empty

  • May be caused by obstructive or functional problem

    • Benign prostatic hypertrophy

    • Surgery

    • Drugs

    • Neurologic diseases

    • Trauma

Urinary retention manifestations

Urinary Retention - Manifestations

  • Manifestations

    • Overflow voiding (dribbling, frequency)

    • Incontinence

    • S & S of UTI

      • hematuria, urgency, frequency, nocturia, and dysuria

    • Firm, distended bladder

      • May be displaced

Urinary retention1

Urinary Retention

  • Complications

    • Hydronephrosis

    • Acute renal failure

    • Urinary tract infection which may lead to urolithiasis or nephrolithiasis

Suprapubic catheters

Suprapubic Catheters

  • Is a temporary measure to divert the flow of urine from the urethra when the urethral route is impassable

  • Inserting a catheter into the bladder through a suprapubic incision or puncture.

Hydronephrosis hydroureter and urethral stricture

Hydronephrosis, Hydroureter, and Urethral Stricture

  • Outflow obstruction

    • Urethral stricture

      • Causes bladder distention and progresses to the ureters and the kidneys

    • Hydronephrosis –

      • Kidney enlarges as urine collects in the pelvis and kidney tissue due to obstruction in the outflow tract

      • Over a few hours this enlargement can damage the blood vessels and the tubules

    • Hydroureter

      • Effects are similar, but occurs lower in the ureter

Causes of obstruction

Causes of Obstruction

  • Tumor

  • Stones

  • Congenital structural defects

  • Fibrosis

  • Treatment with radiation in pelvis

Complication of obstruction

Complication of Obstruction

  • If untreated, permanent damage can occur within 48 hours

  • Renal failure

    • Retention of

      • Nitrogenous wastes (urea, creatinine, uric acid)

      • Electrolytes (K, Na, Cl, and Phosphorus)

      • Acid base balance impaired

Renal calculi

Renal Calculi

  • Called nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis

  • Most commonly develop in the renal pelvis but can be anywhere in the urinary tract

Renal calculi1

Renal Calculi

  • Vary in size –from very large to tiny

  • Can be 1 stone or many stones

  • May stay in kidney or travel into the ureter

  • Can damage the urinary tract

  • May cause hydronephrosis

  • More common in white males 30-50 years of age

Renal calculi2

Renal Calculi

  • Predisposing factors

    • Dehydration

    • Prolonged immobilization

    • Infection

    • Obstruction

    • Anything which causes the urine to be alkaline

    • Metabolic factors

      • Excessive intake of calcium, calcium based antacids or Vit D

      • Hyperthyroidism

      • Elevated uric acid

Renal calculi3

Renal Calculi

  • Subjective symptoms

    • Sever pain in the flank area, suprapubic area, pelvis or external genitalia

    • May radiate anteriorly and downward toward the bladder in females and toward the testis in males.

    • If in ureter, may have spasms called “renal colic”

    • Urgency, frequency of urination

    • N/V

    • Chills

Renal calculi4

Renal Calculi

  • Objective symptoms

    • Increased temperature

    • Pallor

    • Hematuria

    • Abdominal distention

    • Pyuria

    • Anuria

    • May have UTI on urinalysis

Renal calculi manifestations

Renal Calculi- Manifestations

  • Kidney/Pelvis

    • May be asymptomatic

    • Dull, aching flank pain

  • Ureter

    • Acute severe flank pain, may radiate

    • Nausea/vomiting

    • Pallor

    • Hematuria

Renal calculi manifestations1

Renal Calculi- Manifestations

  • Bladder

    • May be asymptomatic

    • Dull suprapubic pain

    • Hematuria

Renal calculi5

Renal Calculi

  • Diagnostic procedures

    • Urinalysis with C & S

    • KUB

    • IVP

    • Renal CT

    • Kidney ultrasound

    • Cystoscopy with retrograde pyleogram

Renal calculi6

Renal Calculi

  • Treatment

    • Most (> 1 cm) are passed without intervention

    • May need cystospy-- with basket retrieval

Management of patients with urinary disorders

  • Lithotripsy :Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the non-invasive treatment of urinary calculosis and biliary calculi to fragment the stone

Renal calculi treatement

Renal Calculi-Treatement

  • Lasertripsy: stone and is destroyed by the laser

  • Lithotomy: surgical removal of stone

    • Pylelolithotomy – removal from renal pelvis

    • Urolithotomy – removal from the ureter

    • Nephrolithotomy – removal from kidney

  • Nutritional therapy

    Nutritional Therapy

    • Calcium Stones

      • ? Restrict Ca, protein, and Na. liberal amount of water.

    • Uric Acid Stones

      • low-purine diet to reduce urinary excretion of uric acid (shellfish, mushrooms, and organ meats), limit protein, Allopurinol.

    • Avoid food contain oxylate: spinach, strawberries, chocolate, tea, peanuts, and wheat bran

    Renal calculi7

    Renal Calculi

    • Assessment

      • History and physical exam

      • Location, severity, and nature of pain

      • I/O

      • Vital signs, looking for fever

      • Palpation of flank area, and abdomen

      • ? N/V

    Renal calculi8

    Renal Calculi

    • Nursing interventions

      • Primary is to treat pain – usually with opioids

      • Ambulate

      • Force fluids, may have IV

        • Watch for fluid overload

      • Strain urine – send stone to lab if passed

      • Accurate I/O

      • Medicate N/V

    Renal calculi9

    Renal Calculi

    • Surgical removal

      • Routine pre and post op care

      • May return with catheter, drains, nephrostomy tube and ureteral stent – must maintain patency and may need to irrigate as ordered

      • Measure drainage from all tubes – need at least 30 cc/hr

      • Watch site for bleeding

      • May need frequent dressing changes due to fluid leakage, or may have collection bag

    Renal calculi10

    Renal Calculi

    • Discharge and prevention

      • Continue to force fluids post discharge

      • May need special diet

        • Stones are analyzed for calcium or other minerals

        • May need to watch products with calcium

    Cancer of the urinary tract

    Cancer of the Urinary Tract

    Bladder cancer

    Kidney tumors

    Bladder cancer

    Bladder Cancer

    • Bladder cancer is 4th leading cause of cancer deaths.

    • More common in men than women

    • Cancers arising from the prostate, colon, and rectum in males and from the lower gynecologic tract in females may metastasize to the bladder

    Risk factor for bladder cancer

    Risk factor for bladder cancer

    • Cigarette smoking: risk increase with number of years and packs smoked

    • Exposure to environmental carcinogens: dyes, rubber, leather, ink, or paint

    • Recurrent or chronic bacterial infection of the urinary tract

    • Bladder stones

    • High urinary pH

    • High cholesterol intake

    • Pelvic radiation therapy

    Bladder cancer manifestations

    Bladder Cancer - Manifestations

    Painless hematuria




    Bladder cancer1

    Bladder Cancer

    • Diagnostic tests

      • Bladder ultrasound

      • Urinalysis

      • Urine cytology

      • Cystoscopy

      • Biopsy

    • Treatment

      • Medications

      • Surgery: remove tumor or bladder, Urinary Diversions

    Cutaneous urinary diversions

    Cutaneous Urinary Diversions

    • conventional ileal conduit,

    • cutaneousureterostomy

    • vesicostomy

    • nephrostomy

    Continent urinary diversions

    continent urinary diversions

    • Indiana pouch

    • & C the Kock pouch, also called a continent ileal diversion



    Kidney tumors

    Kidney Tumors

    • Uncommon

    • Renal cell carcinoma most common primary tumor

    • Can occur anywhere, Often metastasize

    • Risk factors

      • Smoking

      • Obesity

      • Renal calculi

    Kidney tumors manifestations

    Kidney Tumors - Manifestations

    May be silent

    Flank pain

    Palpable mass

    Fever, fatigue

    Weight loss, anemia, polycythemia

    Hypercalcemia, hypertension, or hyperglycemia

    Kidney tumors interdisciplinary care

    Kidney Tumors – Interdisciplinary Care

    • Diagnostic tests

      • Renal ultrasound

      • CT scan

      • Kidney biopsy

    • Treatment

      • Radical nephrectomy

    Bladder and kidney cancer nursing care

    Bladder and Kidney Cancer – Nursing Care

    • Assessment

    • Diagnosing, Planning, and Implementing

      • Impaired Urinary Elimination

      • Risk for Impaired Skin Integrity

      • Disturbed Body Image

    Bladder and kidney tumors nursing care

    Bladder and Kidney Tumors – Nursing Care

    • Diagnosing, Planning, and Implementing

      • Acute Pain

      • Ineffective Breathing Pattern

      • Disturbed Body Image

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