The term neurogenic bladder refers to a bladder that doesn't function properly
because of nervous
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Functions like filling, storing, and emptying the bladder
are regulated by nerves. When these nerves become damaged, nerve signals are disrupted
and loss of bladder control results.
Neurogenic bladder is often caused by an injury, tumor, or defect of the central
nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Diseases like cerebral
palsy, multiple sclerosis, and neural tube defects like spina
bifida also can be responsible. Sometimes nerve damage due to heavy, long-term
alcohol use, diabetes,
or a slipped disk will cause the problem.
Symptoms of neurogenic bladder may include frequent urination (peeing), inability
to fully empty the bladder, incontinence (the accidental release of urine), and urinary
retention (inability to urinate). People with the disorder are also more likely to
develop urinary tract
Treatment for neurogenic bladder might include medication, strengthening exercises,
or the use of a urinary catheter. Some people will need surgery to help ease symptoms.
Keep in Mind
Neurogenic bladder is not curable, but it is manageable. It's important to see
a doctor as soon as the condition develops, however. Left untreated it can lead to
kidney failure, which can be life threatening.
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