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Neurogenic Bladder

What is a neurogenic bladder?

Neurogenic bladder may also be called neuropathic bladder. The muscles and nerves of the urinary system work together to hold urine in the bladder and then release it at the appropriate time. Nerves carry messages from the bladder to the brain and from the brain to the muscles of the bladder telling them either to tighten or release. In a neurogenic bladder, the nerves that are supposed to carry these messages do not work properly, essentially paralyzing the bladder.

What causes neurogenic bladder?

In children a neurogenic bladder may be secondary to a birth defect or it may be acquired as the result of a different problem. The following are some of the most common causes of neurogenic bladder:

In many cases, neurogenic bladder is associated with the following:

What are the symptoms of neurogenic bladder?

Each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms of neurogenic bladder may vary depending upon the cause and other associated conditions. Symptoms of neurogenic bladder may resemble other conditions and medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

How is a neurogenic bladder diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for neurogenic bladder may include:

Treatment for a neurogenic bladder:

Specific treatment for a neurogenic bladder will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Treatment may include:

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