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Terminal Dribbling: Unraveling the Enigma of Persistent Post-Urination Leakage

Abstract: This research investigates the abnormal condition of terminal dribbling, characterized by persistent post-urination leakage.

Introduction: Terminal dribbling refers to the continued release of urine following the completion of the main stream during urination. This condition raises concerns about urinary tract function and warrants comprehensive investigation.

Potential Factors:

  1. Prostate Issues: Enlargement or inflammation affecting the prostate gland.
  2. Urethral Stricture: Narrowing of the urethra impeding the smooth flow of urine.
  3. Neurological Dysfunction: Nerve damage affecting control over the bladder muscles.
  4. Bladder Residual Volume: Incomplete emptying of the bladder during urination.

Prevalence Across Demographics: Research on prevalence across ethnic backgrounds, races, cultures, and continents is limited, emphasizing the need for further investigation to understand potential variations.

Underlying Conditions:

  1. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Common in aging males, causing prostate enlargement.
  2. Urethral Stricture: Scar tissue formation leading to urethral narrowing.
  3. Neurogenic Bladder: Nerve damage affecting bladder function.

Pathomorphology: The condition may arise from structural abnormalities, nerve dysfunction, or impaired bladder contractility, resulting in incomplete voiding.

Symptoms and Signs:

  1. Persistent Dribbling: Continued urine release after the main stream.
  2. Increased Frequency: More frequent urination to compensate for incomplete emptying.
  3. Nocturia: Waking up at night to urinate due to bladder inefficiency.

When to Suspect Terminal Dribbling: Consider terminal dribbling in individuals reporting persistent post-urination leakage, especially if accompanied by increased frequency or nocturia.

Diagnostic Approaches:

  1. Clinical History: Detailed inquiry into voiding patterns, associated symptoms, and medical history.
  2. Physical Examination: Assessment of the prostate, urethra, and neurological function.
  3. Urodynamic Testing: Evaluates bladder and urethral function during voiding.
  4. Imaging Studies: Ultrasound or cystoscopy to visualize the urinary tract.

Conditions Mimicking Terminal Dribbling:

  1. Overflow Incontinence: Similar presentation due to bladder overdistention.
  2. Prostatitis: Inflammation of the prostate with overlapping symptoms.
  3. Neurogenic Bladder: Nerve dysfunction affecting bladder control.

Differential Diagnosis: Thoroughly differentiate terminal dribbling from conditions with similar presentations to guide accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Potential Therapies:

  1. Alpha-Blockers: Relaxing smooth muscles to improve urine flow.
  2. Surgical Interventions: Prostate resection for BPH or urethral dilation for strictures.
  3. Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening pelvic muscles to enhance bladder control.


  1. Alpha-Blockers: Tamsulosin, doxazosin, improving urinary flow.
  2. Antibiotics: If prostatitis or infections contribute to symptoms.

This research aims to enhance understanding of terminal dribbling, aiding healthcare professionals in identifying and managing the underlying causes of persistent post-urination leakage

Verified by: Dr.Diab (December 21, 2023)

Citation: Dr.Diab. (December 21, 2023). How do you treat terminal dribbling of urine?. Medcoi Journal of Medicine, 3(2). urn:medcoi:article17690.

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