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Urgency Incontinence

Urge Incontinence - failure of the bladder storage system.

Symptoms:

  • A loss of urine that is associated with a strong desire to urinate and an inability to delay long enough to get to a toilet.
  • It usually involves a large amount of urine loss at one time (soaked clothing, running down legs).
  • It may include urine loss on the way to the bathroom or the "key in the lock" / "hand on the doorknob" syndrome (no urge to urinate until the key is in the doorlock or the hand is on the knob and then it is impossible to wait).
Causes:
  • A condition called "an unstable bladder" often causes urge incontinence.
  • It may be caused by a urinary tract infection or abnormalities in the nerve control of the bladder. However, in 85% of cases no abnormality is found.
  • More commonly, unstable bladder is caused by bladder irritation resulting from consumption of too much caffeine.
Results:
  • The bladder storage system fails and you cannot hold your urine.

1. Bladder Muscle Contracts
2. Urethra

Information on Treatments for Urgency Incontinence


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