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What is overflow incontinence, and how does it occur and get treated?
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends on causes
Overflow incontinence generally occurs when the bladder is filled beyond its capacity.
This frequently happens when the bladder doesn't empty or empties incompletely. It can be due to obstruction (like the bladder falling or from a prior surgery) or damage to the nerves & muscles which cause the bladder to contract. It is frequently treated with intermittent cauterization but there are other options.

In brief: It depends on causes
Overflow incontinence generally occurs when the bladder is filled beyond its capacity.
This frequently happens when the bladder doesn't empty or empties incompletely. It can be due to obstruction (like the bladder falling or from a prior surgery) or damage to the nerves & muscles which cause the bladder to contract. It is frequently treated with intermittent cauterization but there are other options.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Bladder overfilled
Overflow urinary incontinence can occur when the bladder has filled beyond capacity and the intravesical pressure exceeds the closing pressure of the urinary sphincters.
Occurs most commonly with neurogenic bladder dysfuction where nerves to sphincters or nerves from bladder are damaged or missing as in spina bifida, MS or spinal cord injuries. Best treated by intermittent bladder catheterization.

In brief: Bladder overfilled
Overflow urinary incontinence can occur when the bladder has filled beyond capacity and the intravesical pressure exceeds the closing pressure of the urinary sphincters.
Occurs most commonly with neurogenic bladder dysfuction where nerves to sphincters or nerves from bladder are damaged or missing as in spina bifida, MS or spinal cord injuries. Best treated by intermittent bladder catheterization.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Scott Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
In brief: Overfilled bladder
That does not empty out at all or only partly .
So like a full cup that fluid continues to flow into it run over. Medications, fallen bladder, nerve damage, obstruction are a most of the causes. Treatment involves figuring out which and addressing it.

In brief: Overfilled bladder
That does not empty out at all or only partly .
So like a full cup that fluid continues to flow into it run over. Medications, fallen bladder, nerve damage, obstruction are a most of the causes. Treatment involves figuring out which and addressing it.
Dr. Scott Beard
Dr. Scott Beard
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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
In brief: Overflow?
Overflow is an older term that is not used much anymore.
. The thought is there is either a partial obstruction as seen with prostate enlargement or after an incontinence procedure or there is a decrease in the bladder muscles's ability to squeeze the urine out as is seen with a lot of neurogenic problems. It usually is a combination of both issues.

In brief: Overflow?
Overflow is an older term that is not used much anymore.
. The thought is there is either a partial obstruction as seen with prostate enlargement or after an incontinence procedure or there is a decrease in the bladder muscles's ability to squeeze the urine out as is seen with a lot of neurogenic problems. It usually is a combination of both issues.
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
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