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Total incontinence is the continuous and total loss of urinary control. It means that you are always leaking urine. It happens when the muscle that controls the release of urine (sphincter) no longer works.
One cause of total incontinence is neurogenic bladder. This nerve problem prevents the bladder from emptying as it should. Other causes can be spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders that affect nerve function. In women it can be caused by an abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the vagina.
Total incontinence is usually treated by using a thin flexible tube, called a catheter. You use it to empty the bladder regularly. Absorbent products such as pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating incontinence haven't worked or can't be used. These methods may help you manage the problem.
Current as of:
October 18, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineAvery L. Seifert MD - Urology
Current as of: October 18, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Avery L. Seifert MD - Urology
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