Interruption Of Urine Stream

What Causes Interrupted Urine Stream?

Interrupted urine stream can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose interrupted urine stream, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "interrupted urine stream" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Poor Prostate Health
  • Prostate Enlargement
  • Prostate Cancer

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
African ethnicity
prostate cancer
high sugared soft drink consumption
having a very enlarged prostate
dribbling after urination
weak urine stream
history of prostate cancer
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of interrupted urine stream:
Cause Probability Status
Prostate Enlargement 98% Confirm
Prostate Cancer 12% Unlikely
Poor Prostate Health 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Urinary Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about interruption of urine stream:
Is there an interruption of the stream while urinating?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / slight
→ Often / definite
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate interrupted urine stream, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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