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A medical history is a crucial part of the examination for urinary incontinence in men. During the medical history, a health professional will ask the patient to describe:
The health professional will also inquire about the patient's general health, and will ask specific questions about the individual's urinary and reproductive tracts, intestines, and nervous system to find possible clues about the cause of the incontinence. The patients will also have a physical exam that includes a comprehensive abdominal, rectal, and genital examination. The health professional is looking for growths such as tumors in the pelvic area, checking for an enlarged prostate or reduced anal muscle tone, and checking to determine whether a nervous system problem is causing muscle weakness or loss of reflexes.