Overflow Incontinence - Topic Overview
What is overflow incontinence?
Overflow incontinence is the involuntary release of
urine—due to a weak bladder muscle or to blockage—when the bladder becomes
overly full, even though the person feels no urge to urinate.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of overflow incontinence include:
- The sudden release of urine.
- A feeling
of fullness in the bladder even after urination.
- Leakage of urine
- A urine stream that stops and restarts during
- Difficulty urinating even while feeling the urge to
What causes overflow incontinence?
Overflow incontinence in both men and women can be caused by:
How is it treated?
Women can be treated for overflow incontinence with:
- A catheter. A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that allows urine to drain out. It is inserted
into the bladder through the urethra. Different types of catheters include:
- Surgery. Surgery may be needed to correct problems that cause overflow
incontinence, such as obstructions or abnormal growths in the urinary tract.
Medicines are rarely used to treat overflow incontinence in women.
Men can be treated for overflow incontinence with:
- Surgery. Overflow incontinence caused by an enlarged prostate is often treated with surgery to remove the
transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a
common procedure used to treat BPH.
- A catheter. Some men may need a catheter to allow
the bladder to empty normally.
- Medicine. Medicines can be used to make the prostate smaller. This relieves pressure on the urethra so the bladder can empty more normally. Medicines can also help the urine flow better.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 11, 2012
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