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Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

 

What is Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction?

Neurogenic bladder dysfunction is bladder dysfunction due to a brain, spinal cord, or nerve condition. The condition manifests as lack of bladder control.

What causes Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction?

When the nerves that control the muscles of the bladder are damaged due to injury or illness, the bladder cannot function properly. The conditions that cause the nerve damage are:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Brain or spinal cord tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spina bifida
  • Encephalitis
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Stroke
  • Herniated disk or spinal canal stenosis
  • Nerve damage due to heavy alcohol use
  • Nerve damage due to diabetes
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency

What are the symptoms of Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction?

The symptoms of Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction include:

  • Urgency of urination
  • Painful urination
  • Weak urine stream
  • Urinary blockage
  • Leaking of urine
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Need to urinate frequently
  • Need to urinate more than once per night
  • Dribbling of urine

How is Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction diagnosed?

Neurogenic bladder dysfunction is diagnosed by imaging tests, cystoscopy, cystography, cystometrography, and urodynamic testing.

What are the treatments for Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction?

Treatments for neurogenic bladder dysfunction are:

Catheterization

Catheters are inserted into the bladder to correct the situation.

Drug and other therapies

Medication to relax the bladder muscles and reveal the symptoms of the condition are recommended.

Surgery

In severe cases, a surgery is the last resort.

 

 

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