Urology Neurogenic Bladder

Neurogenic Bladder

What Is Neurogenic Bladder?

You may not have heard of neurogenic bladder. But many people have it.

Neurogenic bladder means you can’t control your bladder (which stores urine). It happens when the nerves in the bladder are damaged. This can cause infections or issues with emptying the bladder.

Bladder management is important. Your kidneys drain into your bladder. If your bladder is not working correctly, urine can back up in the system and damage your kidneys.

The experienced urology services team at Emory Healthcare can help you manage this condition.

Symptoms of Neurogenic Bladder

There are various signs that you may have neurogenic bladder. Symptoms include:

  • An urgent need to urinate or urinating often
  • Difficulty fully emptying your bladder
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Kidney or bladder stones
  • Leaking urine
  • Pelvic pain

Causes of Neurogenic Bladder

Causes of neurogenic bladder include:

  • Diabetes: The disease can damage nerves throughout the body.
  • Medications and treatments: Chemotherapy can lead to neurogenic bladder.
  • Nervous system disorders: Multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors and other nervous system disorders can trigger neurogenic bladder.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Can disrupt signals between the brain and bladder.
  • Congenital disorders: Spina bifida and other congenital disorders (birth defects) can cause neurogenic bladder.

Diagnosing Neurogenic Bladder

If you have symptoms of neurogenic bladder, the Emory Urology services team is ready to help. We will discuss your medical history and perform a physical exam.

We may ask you to provide a urine sample. Also, we may check your bladder using ultrasound and evaluate your spinal cord or nervous system using MRI. An additional test called urodynamics can help measure how strong your bladder squeezes.

You may need to keep a bladder diary, where you record how often you urinate and leak.

If you have neurogenic bladder, there are effective treatments.

Neurogenic Bladder Treatments

  • Behavioral modifications (fluid management, kegel exercises)
  • Medications
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Catheter drainage

Why Choose Emory Healthcare?

Emory Urology is among the top programs in the nation. Guided by the latest medical research and education, we provide comprehensive care to treat simple to complex conditions.

Neurogenic bladder is best treated by a team of specialists, including urologists and neurologists, as well as infectious disease physicians and rehab specialists. Emory Healthcare excels at having multiple disciplines collaborate for specialized treatment.

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