Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Incontinence results from an inability to hold urine in the bladder due to loss of voluntary control over the muscles (urinary sphincters) around the opening of the urine tube (ureter).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/5/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Causes of Incontinence, Urine
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      Overactive Bladder Article
      • Overactive bladder facts
      • What is an overactive bladder?
      • What are the causes of overactive bladder?
      • Are there any risk factors for overactive bladder?
      • What are symptoms of an overactive bladder?
      • How is overactive bladder diagnosed?
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      • What is the role of medications in treating overactive bladder?
      • What are treatments for the chronically incontinent?
      • What measures can be taken at home to prevent overactive bladder symptoms?
      • What are some of the complications of overactive bladder?
      • What is the prognosis for overactive bladder?
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      Pregnancy (Week By Week, Trimesters) Article
      • Pregnancy facts*
      • Introduction
      • What is the first trimester (week 1-week 12)?
      • What is the second trimester (week 13-week 28)?
      • What is the third trimester (week 29-week 40)?
      • How will my baby develop week by week?
      • What are the changes that happen to a woman's body during her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy?
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      • Breast changes
      • Constipation
      • Dizziness
      • Fatigue, sleep problems
      • Heartburn and indigestion
      • Hemorrhoids during pregnancy
      • Itching
      • Leg cramps
      • Morning sickness
      • Nasal problems
      • Numb or tingling hands
      • Stretch marks, skin changes
      • Swelling
      • Urinary frequency and leaking
      • Varicose veins
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      • Spinal Cord Injury Facts
      • What is the spinal cord injury?
      • What are the causes of spinal cord injury?
      • What are the symptoms of spinal cord injury?
      • How is a spinal cord injury diagnosed?
      • How is a spinal cord injury treated?
      • What is the outlook for patients with spinal cord injury?
      • Is there a cure for spinal cord injury?
      • Where can I get more information on spinal cord injury?
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      • What is a spinal cord injury?
      • How does the spinal cord work?
      • What happens when the spinal cord is injured?
      • What are the immediate treatments for spinal cord injury?
      • How does a spinal cord injury affect the rest of the body?
      • How does rehabilitation help people recover from spinal cord injuries?
      • How is research helping spinal cord injury patients?
      • The future of spinal cord research
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