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Neurogenic bladder is nerve damage that keeps the bladder from working properly. The damage can be caused by an injury or disease. You may find it hard to go to the washroom when you need to. Or you may leak urine between washroom visits.
Nerve damage in the brain, spinal cord, or elsewhere in the body can cause neurogenic bladder. Diseases that can lead to neurogenic bladder include Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
The treatment for neurogenic bladder depends on the cause. Sometimes you can solve the problem by changing your diet, doing exercises to keep urine from leaking, or learning how to control your bladder. You might be able to empty your bladder using a thin flexible tube called a catheter that you insert into the bladder. However, you may need medicine, surgery, or both.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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