Neurogenic Bladder Treatment in St. George, UT
Neurogenic bladder is the name given to a number of urinary conditions that occur due to damage to the nerves carrying messages between the bladder and the brain.
Bladder muscles may be overactive and squeeze more often than normal and before the bladder is full. Sometimes the muscles are too loose and let urine leak (incontinence). In other people, the bladder muscle may become underactive, meaning it will not squeeze effectively when it is filled with urine and won’t empty fully or at all. The sphincter muscles around the urethra (urine tube) may not work correctly and may stay tight when trying to empty.
The damage may be the result of an illness and injury that affects the brain and/or the spinal cord such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or diabetes. People who are born with problems of the spinal cord, such as spina bifida, may also have neurogenic bladder.
Testing and Treatment
Neurogenic Bladder Symptoms
The symptoms of neurogenic bladder depend on the type of nerve damage a person has. Symptoms may include:
Neurogenic bladder involves the nervous system and the bladder. Doctors will conduct different tests to determine the health of both. Urodynamic testing, a series of tests to measure how well your bladder and urethra function, will provide important information about how to proceed with treatment.
Treatments & Management
Neurogenic bladder is a serious condition, but when it is watched closely and treated the best way, patients can see significant improvements in their quality of life:
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