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Misdiagnosis of Hidden Causes of Urinary Incontinence

Underlying conditions list:

The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Urinary Incontinence includes:

Urinary Incontinence as a complication:

Other conditions that might have Urinary Incontinence as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Urinary Incontinence as a complication includes:

Urinary Incontinence as a symptom:

Conditions listing Urinary Incontinence as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions.

For a more detailed analysis of Urinary Incontinence as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Urinary Incontinence.

Discussion of underlying conditions of Urinary Incontinence:

Menopause and Bladder Control: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Sometimes bladder control problems are caused by other medical conditions. These problems include

  • infections
  • nerve damage from diabetes or stroke
  • heart problems
  • medicines
  • feeling depressed
  • difficulty walking or moving.
(Source: excerpt from Menopause and Bladder Control: NIDDK)

Urinary Incontinence in Women: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Involuntary actions of bladder muscles can occur because of damage to the nerves of the bladder, to the nervous system (spinal cord and brain), or to muscles themselves. Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, brain tumors, and injury--including injury that occurs during surgery--all can harm bladder nerves or muscles. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Women: NIDDK)

Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Nighttime incontinence may be one sign of another condition called obstructive sleep apnea, in which the child's breathing is interrupted during sleep, often because of inflamed or enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Other symptoms of this condition include snoring, mouth breathing, frequent ear and sinus infections, sore throat, choking, and daytime drowsiness. In some cases, successful treatment of this breathing disorder may also resolve the associated nighttime incontinence. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK)

Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Finally, a small number of cases of incontinence are caused by physical problems in the urinary system in children. Rarely, a blocked bladder or urethra may cause the bladder to overfill and leak. Nerve damage associated with the birth defect spina bifida can cause incontinence. In these cases, the incontinence can appear as a constant dribbling of urine. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK)

Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Experts suggest that anxiety-causing events occurring in the lives of children ages 2 to 4 might lead to incontinence before the child achieves total bladder control. Anxiety experienced after age 4 might lead to wetting after the child has been dry for a period of 6 months or more. Such events include angry parents, unfamiliar social situations, and overwhelming family events such as the birth of a brother or sister.

Incontinence itself is an anxiety-causing event. Strong bladder contractions leading to leakage in the daytime can cause embarrassment and anxiety that lead to wetting at night. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK)

Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Muscles surrounding the urethra (the tube that takes urine away from the bladder) have the job of keeping the passage closed, preventing urine from passing out of the body. If the bladder contracts strongly and without warning, the muscles surrounding the urethra may not be able to keep urine from passing. This often happens as a consequence of urinary tract infection and is more common in girls. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK)

Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Infrequent voiding refers to a child's voluntarily holding urine for prolonged intervals. For example, a child may not want to use the toilets at school or may not want to interrupt enjoyable activities, so he or she ignores the body's signal of a full bladder. In these cases, the bladder can overfill and leak urine. Additionally, these children often develop urinary tract infections (UTIs), leading to an irritable or overactive bladder. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK)

About underlying conditions:

With a diagnosis of Urinary Incontinence, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Urinary Incontinence. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Urinary Incontinence. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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