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Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is a symptom of other conditions. Any loss of voluntary bladder control can be considered incontinence.

Symptoms include:

  • Leaking triggered by laughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, or exercise
  • A strong urge to urinate followed by loss of urine
  • Inability to hold urine long enough to make it to a restroom
  • Difficulty initiating urination
  • Straining to empty the bladder
  • Decreased urinary stream or “dribbling”
 

References:

  • Beers MH. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Co; 1999.
  • Kasper D, Harrison T. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 1998.

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