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to come

Urge incontinence (overactive bladder)

Cystoscopy is a procedure wherein a cystoscope (a specialized tube with a small camera on the end) is used to see the inside of the bladder and urethra.

Urge incontinence describes the experience of a frequent, sudden urge to urinate with little control of the bladder (especially when sleeping, drinking, or listening to running water). Urge incontinence is also known as spastic bladder, overactive bladder or reflex incontinence. Marked by a need to urinate more than seven times daily or more than twice nightly, urge incontinence is most common in the elderly. It also may be a symptom of a urinary infection in the bladder or kidneys, or may result from injury, illness or surgery, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s
  • Tumors or cancer in the uterus or bladder
  • Interstitial cystitis (inflamed bladder wall)
  • Cesarean section,hysterectomy, or surgery involving the lower intestine or rectum

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