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Can doctors always figure out the cause of overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
In some cases of overactive bladder, no apparent cause can be determined. This is known as idiopathic overactive bladder. In other cases, a number of different factors may be responsible. Among those factors that may cause or contribute to overactive bladder are:

• Spasms of the bladder’s muscles

• Nervous system problems

• Urinary tract infections

• Bladder stones or tumors

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