Neurogenic Bladder and Incontinence

This information is useful for adults and older adults
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No one wants to deal with bladder-control issues. Whether you are experiencing occasional leakage or your urinary incontinence issues are more frequent, a urologist can help figure out what's causing these problems. 

One condition your doctor may look into is called neurogenic bladder. It results when the bladder's muscles and nerves are not communicating properly with the brain. Nerve damage from conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, or spina bifida can break down communication between the bladder and the brain.

If you are diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder, seek help. “There are different effective therapies that can help patients with neurogenic bladder to have less bothersome bladder symptoms," says Toby Chai, MD, vice-chair of research for Yale Medicine Urology. "At Yale Medicine, we take into account the long-term issues that are related to the neurologic diseases that are associated with the neurogenic bladder,” he says. The right treatment plan can help restore the greatest quality of life for patients.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.