Bladder Health Month: Topic #6--Neurogenic Bladder

December 20, 2016

Neurogenic Bladder

The term “Neurogenic Bladder” means that a person with lower urinary tract symptoms has a particular neurologic disorder which is logically felt to be the cause of the symptoms.  For example, a person who suffered a stroke ends up with urine leakage due to severe urgency or another patient with long-standing diabetes ends up requiring a catheter to empty the bladder.  While “neurogenic bladder” might appear to be a very specific, scientific term, it actually conveys very little useful information.  In the context of the examples above it is important to realize that severe stroke patients may have no urge at all and be completely unable to urinate and that the most common urinary tract abnormality with diabetes is overactive bladder, not retention.  Neurogenic bladder disorders cover a wide spectrum ranging from severe, progressive cases that may lead to kidney failure on one end, to relatively mild and stable dysfunction that rarely requires intervention on the other.  Each case is unique.

Have you been told that you have “neurogenic bladder”?  Do you have a neurologic disease and urinary symptoms that are being ignored?  You should have a clear diagnosis, an individualized treatment plan, and a specific outline for long-term monitoring.  If not, we can help.