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Question: Define stress incontinence. What causes it?


Stress incontinence is the involuntary loss of small volumes of urine related to events that cause increased intra-abdominal pressure (coughing, laughing, and exercise). It is more common in females (present with laughing in 50% of young females) and increases with aging. Its causes include weakness or laxity of pelvic floor muscles, bladder outlet, or urethral sphincter. 

Reference: Gallo JJ, et al (eds): Reichel’s Care of the Elderly, 5th ed. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.

One Response to “Question: Define stress incontinence. What causes it?”

  1. FYI Says:

    Very good description of Stress Incontinence. We have been developing a site of our own dedicated to Urinary Incontinence and aiming specifically toward Stress Incontinence. We are trying to bring about more awareness of this issue in an attempt to remove the stigma of urinary incontinence and have those with it find ways to lead more of a normal life.

    Thanks for the post today!

    FYI for women

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