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Incontinence: Introduction

Incontinence: Either urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence. See detailed information below for a list of 359 causes of Incontinence, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Incontinence

Home medical tests possibly related to Incontinence:

Causes of Types of Incontinence:

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Incontinence: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Incontinence, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Incontinence Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Incontinence may include:

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Stories from Users for Incontinence

Real-life user stories relating to Incontinence:

Message Boards for Incontinence

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Incontinence or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Incontinence:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Incontinence. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect anal area for lesions - e.g. anal fissure, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids or evidence of anal trauma.
    • Digital rectal examination to examine for a mass, to determine sphincter tone and competence and examine for enlarged prostate. If sphincter tone is normal consider diarrhea or anorectal conditions as a cause of bowel incontinence. If sphincter tone is abnormal consider congenital abnormalities, neurological conditions, rectal prolapse or trauma to sphincter as causes for bowel incontinence. If urinary incontinence and prostate or bladder is found to be enlarged should consider overflow incontinence from bladder neck obstruction, prostatic hypertrophy and tuberculosis of the bladder
    • May be asked to bear down while the examiner looks for a rectal prolapse
    • Cranial nerve examination
    • Examine the reflexes in the legs. If bowel incontinence and reflexes are under active may suggest a spinal cord tumor, trauma to the spinal cord, multiple sclerosis, meningioma (tumor of the covering membrane of the brain), transverse myelitis (inflammation of the entire thickness of the spinal cord) and syringomyelia (cavities in the spinal cord). If urinary incontinence and reflexes are under active may suggest poliomyelitis, spinal stenosis, diabetic neuropathy, neurosyphilis or cauda equina syndrome. If bowel incontinence and reflexes are over active may suggest tabes dorsalis (advanced form of syphilis affecting the nervous system), a cauda equina tumor, spinal cord stenosis. If urinary incontinence and reflexes are over active this suggests spastic neurogenic bladder due to multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tumor, spinal cord trauma and a parasagittal meningioma
    • Vaginal examination - looking for uterine prolapse, cystocoele or rectocoele.
  • more tests...»

Medications or substances causing Incontinence:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Incontinence as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Incontinence:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Incontinence as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Cibalith-S and Accupril (Quinapril) interaction
  • Cibalith-S and Altace (Ramipril) interaction
  • Cibalith-S and Capoten (Captopril) interaction
  • Cibalith-S and Lotensin (Benazepril) interaction
  • Cibalith-S and Monopril (Fosinopril) interaction
  • Cibalith-S and Prinivil (Lisinopril) interaction
  • Cibalith-S and Zestril (Lisinopril) interaction
  • more interactions...»

Incontinence: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Incontinence may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Incontinence

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Incontinence. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

See Incontinence Assessment Questionnaire (18 listings)

Incontinence: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Incontinence

Diarrhea can be related to food substitute: The food ingredient, Sorbitol, is often used as a sweetener in diet products. In some people, this substance can lead to diarrhea or other symptom symptoms. In severe cases, this more »

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, whereas there are many other more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, more »

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor, which is mostly more »

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, and more »

Interstitial cystitis an under-diagnosed bladder condition: The medical condition of interstitial cystitic is a bladder condition that can be misdiagnosed as various conditions such as more »

Incontinence: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Incontinence

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Incontinence: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Incontinence: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Incontinence listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Incontinence as a symptom include:

Definitions of Incontinence:

Involuntary urination or defecation
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Inability to control the flow of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or the escape of stool from the rectum (fecal incontinence).
- (Source - National Cancer Institute)

Organs affected by Incontinence:

The list of organs typically affected by Incontinence may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Incontinence

The list below shows some of the causes of Incontinence mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Incontinence?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Incontinence. Of the 359 causes of Incontinence that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 5 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 13 causes are "common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 11 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 340 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Incontinence:

The following list of conditions have 'Incontinence' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Incontinence:

The following list of medical conditions have Incontinence or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.









  • Pregnancy ... Bladder Incontinence (Pregnancy)





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Causes of Incontinence Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Incontinence based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Incontinence?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Incontinence, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Incontinence:

    Subtypes of Incontinence:

    Urinary incontinence (289 causes), Fecal incontinence (135 causes), Bladder incontinence (93 causes), Urge to defecate (10 causes), Urinary urgency (48 causes), Urinary dribbling (30 causes), Night urination (27 causes), Stress incontinence (10 causes), Inability to control urination (7 causes), Bladder weakness (4 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Incontinence:

    Incontinence symptoms (331 causes), Bladder symptoms (1010 causes), Urinary problems (1033 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Urinary difficulty (648 causes), Urinary symptoms (1228 causes), Sexual symptoms (1838 causes), Intercourse symptoms (258 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes)

    Symptoms related to Incontinence:

    Urine incontinence, Overactive bladder (16 causes), Fecal incontinence (135 causes), Urinary incontinence (289 causes), Bladder incontinence (93 causes), Urge to defecate (10 causes), Urinary urgency (48 causes), Urinary dribbling (30 causes), Night urination (27 causes), Stress incontinence (10 causes), Inability to control urination (7 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Medical News summaries about Incontinence

    Our news pages contain the following medical news summaries about Incontinence and many other medical conditions:

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