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.
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:
Conditions that affect the
nerves (such as
multiple sclerosis) and alter a person's ability to
sense bladder fullness or that reduce the ability of the bladder to contract.
A blockage in the
urinary tract, such as a
bladder stone or a urinary tract tumor that constricts
urethra. When blockage occurs in men, it is usually caused by an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), cancer of the prostate, or a narrowing of the urethra.
Weakness in the muscle that
expels urine from the bladder (detrusor) so that it can't empty the bladder
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:
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.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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