Urge Incontinence: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
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What causes urge incontinence? 8 possible conditions

Urge incontinence occurs when you have a sudden urge to urinate. In urge incontinence, the bladder contracts when it should not, causing some urine to leak through the sphincter muscles. It is also known as overactive bladder, bladder spasms, spasmodic... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Bladder Infection

A bladder infection is a bacterial infection. It also may be called a urinary tract infection (UTI), which refers to infection anywhere in the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra.

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2

Bladder Neck Obstruction

Find information on bladder neck obstruction symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

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3

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes sudden urges to urinate. It can happen suddenly, at any time, regardless of the amount of urine in the bladder.

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4

Cystitis

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. It's most often caused by a bacterial infection known as a urinary tract infection (UTI). It can become a serious health issue if the infection spreads to the kidney.

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5

Bladder Stones: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good

Bladder stones are crystals that form when concentrated urine is left in the bladder after urination, often due to dehydration or being unable to empty the bladder totally. Symptoms include painful urination and others.

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6

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury, or damage to the spinal cord, is an extremely serious type of physical trauma. It will likely have a lasting and significant impact on most aspects of daily life. According to the Nationa...

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7

Multiple Sclerosis Overview

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. MS can cause varying symptoms that appear with a wide range of severity, from mild discomfort to complete disability.

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8

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer occurs in the tissues of the bladder, which is the organ that holds urine. Fatigue, weight loss, painful or frequent urination, and abdominal or back pain are symptoms.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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