Neurogenic Bladder

Background

 A term describing bladder problems related to a suspected neurologic cause, such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, etc.With such, the nerves to the bladder and/or urinary sphincter are not working properly, which results in either difficulty with bladder holding and/or emptying.

 

Causes

 As examples listed above, there are many possible causes. These probelms can be very complex and may require a multi-disciplinary approach.

 

 

 

Diagnosis & Evaulation

 Your urologist will consider possible causes, and evaluate with a history, examination, and possible ancilary tests including cystoscopy and urodynamic studies.

 

Treatment

 Treatment for neurogenic bladder depends on the patient's overall status, underlying diagnosis, and severity and complexity of the problem. Options may include medications to help the bladder either hold or empty better, catheterization (either a permanent indwelling catheter or preferrably intermittent catheterization either by the patient or family member), or even possibly surgery. Your urologist will assess you individual situation and provide options and a discussion of the relative pros and cons on each.

 

On the Web


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Self Catheterization Products

Please note that you can receive a tax deduction for many medical supplies so long as you have a prescription from a physician. Feel free to request one if you have not received one.

SpeediCath by Coloplast and Lofric by Astratec: Selection of hydrophylic catheters for self-catheterization. Can be ordered through your local medical supply store.