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What causes overflow incontinence?

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Overflow incontinence is more common in men than women. The most common cause in men is an enlarged prostate. Other causes include:

  • Blockages of the urethra from tumors, urinary stones, scar tissue, swelling from infection, or kinks caused by dropping of the bladder within the abdomen
  • Weak bladder muscles
  • Injury to nerves that affect the bladder
  • Nerve damage from diseases such as diabetes, alcoholism, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or spina bifida
  • Medications

From: Overflow Incontinence WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Bladder and Bowel Foundation web site: "Overflow Incontinence."

FDA web site: "Controlling Urinary Incontinence."

Parker, W.H. Roseman, A.E. Parker R. , Simon & Schuster, 2002. The Incontinence Solution: Answers for Women of All Ages

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) web site: "Urinary Incontinence in Women," "Urodynamic Testing."

EurasiaHealth Knowledge Network web site: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Bladder and Bowel Foundation web site: "Overflow Incontinence."

FDA web site: "Controlling Urinary Incontinence."

Parker, W.H. Roseman, A.E. Parker R. , Simon & Schuster, 2002. The Incontinence Solution: Answers for Women of All Ages

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) web site: "Urinary Incontinence in Women," "Urodynamic Testing."

EurasiaHealth Knowledge Network web site: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 03, 2018

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