Overview of Urological Emergencies

Some urological conditions have serious or life-threatening consequences and require immediate medical attention. Urologic emergencies include the following:

While these conditions are unrelated and have different symptoms, they all require urgent care. In some cases, delaying treatment may result in serious complications—including permanent inability to achieve an erection (impotence)— or require the surgical removal of testicles (orchiectomy) or other tissue. Delaying treatment also may be fatal.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 09 Jun 1998

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015