Urine output - decreased


Decreased urine output means that you produce less than 500 milliliters of urine in 24 hours.

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A large decrease in urine output may be a sign of a serious, or even life-threatening, condition. However, urine output can usually be restored if you get medical treatment right away.


Home Care

Drink as much fluid as your health care provider recommends. Your health care provider may also ask you to measure the amount of urine you produce.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Contact your health care provider if you:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:

Tests that may be done include:


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Review Date: 9/16/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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