Urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder's sphincter muscle is not strong enough to hold back the urine. This may
The sphincter is too weak. The
bladder muscles contract too strongly. The
bladder is too full.
Prostate treatment is a major cause of urinary incontinence in men.
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Short-term incontinence after
prostate surgery can go away with time, especially for younger men. In some
cases, it lasts up to a year. Stress incontinence is a common problem after
prostate removal (radical prostatectomy) or
radiation treatment for prostate cancer. It is
becoming less common with better surgical techniques. Some treatments for an
enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
can also cause incontinence. But this isn't common.
The bladder contractions that cause
urge incontinence can be caused by
many conditions, including: Urinary tract infection. Bowel problems, such as
constipation. Prostatitis. This is a
painful infection of the prostate gland. Certain
conditions that affect nerve signals from the brain, such as
Parkinson's disease or
stroke. Kidney or
bladder stones. Blockage from
prostate cancer or
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Overflow incontinence is usually caused by blockage of the urethra from BPH or prostate cancer. Other causes include: Narrowing of the
urethra (stricture). Medicines, such as
antihistamines and decongestants. Nerve conditions, such as
You can have one or more types of
incontinence. Each type may have a different cause.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 06, 2013
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