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Question: What are the four different types of urinary incontinence?

Answer:

Urinary incontinence is not a part of normal aging, nor does aging cause it. However, many of the physiologic consequences of aging can contribute to urinary incontinence. The four types are stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, and functional incontinence.

Reference: Kane RL, et al: Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, 5th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2004.

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