Bladder Control, Loss Of

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Definition

Bladder control, loss of (loss of bladder control) is defined by an inability to control urine flow or bladder function. It is also known as urinary incontinence.

Diagnosis

A complete medical exam will help diagnose loss of bladder control or urinary incontinence. Some diagnostic tests used include: a bladder diary to determine urination behavior or patterns; a urinalysis to analyze urine samples; and a blood test to check for various substances related to incontinence. Some specialized testing may also be done to determine any underlying cause, including: postvoid residual (PVR) measurement; pelvic ultrasound; stress test; urodynamic testing; cystogram; and cystoscopy.

Treatment

Treatment for loss of bladder control depends on the type of incontinence, the severity of the condition, as well as the underlying cause. Commonly, a combination of treatments is used, including: behavioral techniques to impose lifestyle changes; pelvic floor muscle exercises or kegels; bladder training; as well as fluid and diet changes. Some medications, such as anticholinergic drugs, antidepressants, and antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of loss of bladder control have varying severity; ranging from occasional minor urine leaks when coughing or sneezing, to unpredictable episodes of strong unexpected urine flow. In a few cases, loss of bladder control occurs alongside fecal incontinence, or uncontrollable stool movement.

Causes

Loss of bladder control is a symptom; not a disease. It is usually caused by some underlying condition that needs to be treated. Normally, the bladder sends a nerve signal to the brain to indicate that it is full. At appropriate circumstances, the body responds by relaxing the pelvic floor muscles and contracting the bladder, allowing urine to pass through. When loss of bladder control occurs, the brain does not realize that the bladder is full, causing the latter to empty on its own without conscious control. Some factors that may lead to loss of bladder control include: ingesting large amounts of diuretics, over-hydration, dehydration, bladder irritation, some types of medications, and other related illnesses or injuries.

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