What Causes Loss of Urinary Control?
Published Online: Saturday, January 1, 2005
Although urinary incontinence is more prevalent in women than in men, 5 million men in the United States are affected. The causes of urinary incontinence include the following:
Prostate problems?Difficulty and unpredictability in passing urine is a common occurrence in prostate abnormalities. The condition also can be the side effect of total removal of the prostate.
Head and spinal cord injury?Damage to the head or spinal cord as a result of disease or trauma can cause loss of bladder control, because messages passing from the brain to the bladder are interrupted or lost.
Disease?Neurologic diseases, both cancerous and benign, and degenerative diseases (eg, Parkinson's disease) are some the reasons for loss of urinary control.
Medications?Drugs that have a sedating effect, especially in high doses, can cause incontinence.
Mental state?Emotional distress and illness may lead to urinary incontinence.