Neurogenic Bladder


For the urinary system to do its job, muscles and nerves must work together to hold urine in the bladder and then release it at the right time. Nerves carry messages from the bladder to the brain to let it know when the bladder is full. They also carry messages from the brain to the bladder, telling muscles either to tighten or release. A nerve problem might affect your bladder control if the nerves that are supposed to carry messages between the brain and the bladder do not work properly.

What bladder control problems does nerve damage cause?
Nerves that work poorly can lead to three different kinds of bladder control problems.

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Adapted and excerpted from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 01/09


Last Modified Date: May 28, 2013

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