Classification and external resources
Specialty Urology, infectious disease
ICD-10 R30..0
ICD-9-CM 788.1
DiseasesDB 18003
MedlinePlus 003145
Patient UK Dysuria
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 (also sometimes referred to as lower urinary tract symptoms), which includes nocturia AND urinary frequency.

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.

Drugs and irritants


Urinary Tract



  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–. ISBN 978-0-07-142322-9. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. "Dysuria" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
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