Urinary incontinence is a prevalent problem among the elderly and has a significant clinical, social, psychological, and economical impact. In spite of these consequences, often very little is done to evaluate the problem. Furthermore, patients may be reluctant to bring their complaint to the attention of their health care provider. This broad review will discuss the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of urinary incontinence. The initial evaluation and treatment options will also be outlined. As the aged population continues to grow, physicians can expect to see this problem with greater frequency. It is hoped that this discussion will facilitate the evaluation and management of this common but frequently neglected problem.
- urinary incontinence
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