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What is sensory urge incontinence?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Sensory urge incontinence is a strong, sudden need to urinate that happens because of problems with the urethra. The urethra is the short tube through which urine flows out of the body. Sensory urge incontinence is one of two kinds of urge incontinence. The other kind is motor urge incontinence. This is caused by muscles that contract too much, especially the detrusor muscle, which squeezes out urine and then relaxes so the bladder can fill again. Sensory urge incontinence is one of several types of overactive bladder conditions. 

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