Urination - excessive amount
Excessive amount of urination means that your body makes larger than normal amounts of urine each day.
An excessive volume of urination for an adult is more than 2.5 liters of urine per day. However, this can vary depending on how much water you drink and what your total body water is. This problem is different from needing to urinate often.
Polyuria is a fairly common symptom. People often notice the problem when they have to get up during the night to use the bathroom (nocturia).
Some common causes of the problems are:
Less common causes include:
Also, your urine production may increase for 24 hours after having tests that involve injecting a special dye (contrast medium) into your vein during imaging tests such as a CT scan or an MRI scan.
To monitor your urine output, keep a daily record of the following:
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you have excessive urination over several days, and it is not explained by medicines you take or drinking more fluids.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions such as:
Tests that may be done include:
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Review Date: 8/26/2017
Reviewed By: Jennifer Sobol, DO, Urologist with the Michigan Institute of Urology, West Bloomfield, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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