What causes reflex incontinence?

Jennifer S. Singer, MD
Reflex incontinence is the uncontrolled loss of urine due to a bladder contraction that occurs without patient awareness of the need to void. It is not a definition most urologists classically use.
Reflex incontinence results when your bladder muscle contracts and you urinate (often in large amounts) without having had any warning or urge to go. This can occur as a result of damage to the nerves that usually warn the brain that the bladder is filling. Reflex incontinence usually appears in people with serious neurological impairment from multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or other injuries, or damage from surgery or radiation treatment.

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