If the bladder is not completely emptied this will lead to an overflow of urine, which can leak out unexpectedly. This unfortunately creates embarrassment and discomfort for the person, as urinary tract infections are quiet common due to the fact that there is urine left in the bladder creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Causes of Overflow Incontinence:The Urethra is a tube carrying urine from the bladder to the outside of the body, which can be blocked and this will cause overflow incontinence. The causes of overflow incontinence include:• Urinary stones• Tumors• Uterine fibroid• Prolapse• Scar Tissue• Infection and swelling• Nerve injury or damage• Weak bladder muscles• Diabetes• Alcoholism• Parkinson’s disease• Spina bifida• Multiple sclerosis• Constipation• Various medications including antidepressants and anticonvulsants• Gynecological surgery
- Treatment Available:
Overflow incontinence is mainly treated by the cause or drainage of the bladder. Overflow incontinence is more commonly found in men however may occur in women.
• A catheter may be used to drain or empty the bladder.
• Alpha-adrenergic blocker medication may be used to relax the muscle at the base of the urethra to allow urine to pass from the bladder.
• Remove the obstruction causing the urine not to flow properly.
• Blockages can be surgically treated.