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Urination - excessive volume

Definition

Excessive volume of urination means that you release abnormally large amounts of urine each day. The medical term for this condition is polyuria. 

Alternative Names

Polyuria

Considerations

An excessive volume of urination for an adult is more than 2.5 liters of urine per day.

Polyuria is a fairly common symptom, which is often noticed when you have to get up to use the bathroom at night.

Common Causes

Home Care

If you are concerned about the amount you urinate, keep track of the following every day:

  • How much you drink
  • How often you urinate and how much urine you produce each time
  • How much you weigh (use the same scale every day)

Call your health care provider if

Call your doctor if you have excessive urination over several days, and it is not explained by medications or an increase in fluids.

What to expect at your health care provider's office

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

  • Time pattern
  • Quality
  • Factors that make the problem worse
  • Factors that make the problem better
  • Other
  • Dietary factors

Tests that may be done include:

References

Gerber GS, Brendler CB. Evaluation of the urologic patient: History, physical examination, and the urinalysis. In: Wein AJ, ed. . 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 3.

Landry DW, Bazari H. Approach to the patient with renal disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 116.

Encyclopedia content is provided as information only and not intended to replace the advice and instruction from your personal physician.