Oliguria is a condition in which the production of urine decreases compared to the norm, for an adult is usually about 500 ml per day. When the oliguria is significant, it can be the signal of a serious disturbance disorder, in some cases can be a dangerous situation for life.

Among the underlying causes of the problem are: dehydration due to the assumption of insufficient amounts of fluids, vomiting, diarrhea or fever, a severe urinary tract blockage, for example caused by prostate problems, taking medications, such as anticholinergics, diuretics and some antibiotics are included. Less often oliguria may be due to bleeding, serious infections or other medical conditions that can lead to a shock.


What kind of diseases can be associated with oliguria?

The following diseases may be associated with oliguria:

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Renal colic
  • Ebola
  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Kidney failure
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Nephritis
  • Peritonitis
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Sepsis
  • Septic shock
  • Burns

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.

What is the therapy for oliguria?

In most cases the production of urine can be given in accordance with the timely intervention of a physician, provided that you take the recommended amount of fluid. In some cases your doctor may ask you to measure the amount of urine produced today.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of oliguria?

When you notice that your urine output is less than the norm it is good to seek medical attention, especially if the problem is associated with vomiting, diarrhea, high fever and inability to take enough fluids, dizziness, lightheadedness or rapid pulse.