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Misdiagnosis of Overactive Bladder

Misdiagnosis of Overactive Bladder

A diagnosis of overactive bladder may be delayed or missed because some cases are mild and have minimal symptoms. Overactive bladder resulting in urinary incontinence is also often erroneously believed to be a normal part of the aging process or an expected result of childbearing. Because of this, overactive bladder is underreported, under diagnosed, and undertreated.

Additionally, symptoms of overactive bladder may also be due to a variety of other disease and conditions. Urinary urgency and other symptoms can be related to many other conditions, including an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer and urinary tract infection. It is important to report symptoms of urinary frequency or urgency to a licensed health care provider who can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the exact cause of symptoms of overactive bladder....more about Overactive Bladder »

Overactive Bladder misdiagnosis: It may be difficult to diagnose the underlying cause of overactive bladder....more about Overactive Bladder »

Rare Types of Overactive Bladder:

  • Myelomeningocele related overactive bladder
  • Cerebral palsy related to overactive bladder
  • Sacral agenesis related to overactive bladder
  • More rare types »

Overactive Bladder: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Overactive Bladder: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Overactive Bladder

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 overactive bladder or other causes of pelvic pain. This condition can cause chronic pelvic pain or symptoms of urinary incontinence, similar to overactive bladder. Millions of patients may be misdiagnosed - an estimated third of the 9 million women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) or 4.5 million of the 17 million women with overactive bladder syndrome do not respond well to treatment, and may have interstitial cystitis rather than their given diagnosis. In other words, about 6 million US women may have misdiagnosed interstitial cystitis. See interstitial cystitis or overactive bladder, or incontinence.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Overactive Bladder or confirming a diagnosis of Overactive Bladder, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Overactive Bladder may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Overactive Bladder. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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