What are the different types of overflow incontinence?

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Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
The most common types of urinary incontinence are urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, stress incontinence and functional incontinence.

There are two types of overflow incontinence. In one, the neck of the bladder is obstructed, most commonly by a large prostate in men. And in the other, the detrusor muscle is underactive, most commonly caused by diabetes. In both, the bladder fills with urine until it is like a balloon, and then urine overflows.

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