Classification and external resources
Specialty Urology, infectious disease
ICD-10 R30..0
ICD-9-CM 788.1
DiseasesDB 18003
MedlinePlus 003145
MeSH D053159

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

Difficult urination is also sometimes, but rarely, 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



  1. ^ Dysuria at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  2. ^ Mark B. Mengel; L. Peter Schwiebert (2005). Family medicine: ambulatory care & prevention. McGraw-Hill Professional. pp. 121–.  
  3. ^ "Dysuria" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary

External links

  • Evaluation in Men - American Family Physician
  • Evaluation in Women - American Family Physician
  • Medic8
  • IM.org