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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.
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.
Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal if left undiagnosed, may include:
The following list of conditions have 'Overactive bladder' 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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