Urine Incontinence
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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Nao Saito, MD

Nao Saito, MD (Urology)

After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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  • Daytime accidental wetting

  • Urine may leak unintentionally when I put pressure on my stomach

  • Bladder control problems

  • Sometimes I involuntarily pee when I put pressure in my stomach

  • Urine incontinence

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About the Symptom

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine due to loss of bladder control and is caused by a myriad of different conditions like urinary tract infections, an enlarged prostate and spinal cord injuries.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Leak urine

Possible causes

Generally, Urine incontinence can be related to:

  • Neurogenic bladder

    A condition where nerves supplying the bladder are damaged. Causes include injury to the spinal cord and nerve diseases like Parkinson's disease and Multiple sclerosis.

  • Hydrocephalus

    Hydrocephalus refers to the abnormal flow of a naturally-occuring brain fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) within natural brain cavities (ventricles), causing fluid buildup. This leads to swelling of the ventricles and increased pressure in the brain, which, if untreated, can cause brain damage in pressurized brain regions. Hydrocephalus is most common in infants and older adults. It has a number of causes, including certain genetic conditions, birth defects of the brain, as well as tumors, stroke, head trauma, or brain infections (such as meningitis). In many cases, the exact cause of hydrocephalus cannot be identified.

  • Overactive bladder

    This group of urinary symptoms causes patients to need to urinate frequently. They may also experience a sudden urge to urinate that is hard to control due to excessive bladder contractions.

  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Familial amyloid polyneuropathy
  • Striatal substantia nigra degeneration
  • Bladder tumor
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Urine incontinence may be related to these serious diseases:

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have trouble holding in urine?

  • Do you leak urine when you strain?

  • Have you been diagnosed with dementia?

  • Have you ever had a brain tumor?

  • Do you have sudden, strong urges to rush to the toilet to urinate?

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References

  • Urinary incontinence - NHS

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/urinary-incontinence/

  • Tran LN, Puckett Y. Urinary Incontinence. 2023 Aug 8. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan–. PMID: 32644521.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32644521/

Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Nao Saito, MD

Nao Saito, MD (Urology)

After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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