Pediatric Neurogenic Bladder

This information is useful for children
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • We offer the latest treatment options for children with neurogenic bladders.
  • We are conducting clinical trials to find new treatments for children with neurogenic bladders.
  • We are leaders in urology research, discovery, education and training.

It’s not unusual for children to have occasional wetting accidents. But when accidents happen frequently—or your child never fully potty-trains—talk to a pediatric urologist about it.

One condition your doctor may look into is called pediatric neurogenic bladder. It’s caused by nerve damage that prevents the bladder's muscles and nerves from communicating properly with the brain.

Children with medical conditions such as a strokemultiple sclerosisspinal cord injury or spina bifida often have neurogenic bladders and need specialized care. The good news is, there are many ways to help.

“It’s very difficult for children to deal with neurogenic bladder issues, but there are effective treatments that can help children cope and enjoy normal lives,” says Angela Arlen, MD, a Yale Medicine pediatric urologist.

Yale Medicine’s multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Program provides coordinated, team-based care. Here, children can see a variety of specialists (pediatric urologists, orthopedists, physical therapists and neurologists, as well as nutrition experts and social workers) all in the same location and on the same day.

Pediatric neurogenic bladder is a bladder dysfunction in children caused by damage to the body’s central nervous system.

For most children and adults, the muscles and nerves of the urinary system work together to carry messages from the brain to the bladder. But sometimes these communications break down due to a developmental malformation or physical injury to the nervous system or other impairment; when this happens, a child may experience incomplete bladder emptying or incontinence, caused by neurogenic bladder. Other potential related problems include kidney or bladder stones.

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.