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Urine output - decreased

Oliguria

Decreased urine output means that you produce less urine than normal. Most adults make at least 500 ml of urine in 24 hours (a little over 2 cups).

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Causes

Common causes include:

Less common causes include:

Home Care

Drink the amount of fluid your health care provider recommends.

Measure the amount of urine you produce if your health care provider tells you to.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

A large decrease in urine output may be a sign of a serious condition. In some cases it can be life-threatening. Most of the time, urine output can be restored with prompt medical care.

Contact your health care provider if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions such as:

Tests that may be done include:

References

Gerber GS, Brendler CB. Evaluation of the urologic patient: In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 10th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 3.

Molotoris BA. Acute kidney injury. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 122.

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Review Date: 12/27/2013  

Reviewed By: Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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