Overflow incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence, which is
the inability to control the release of urine. Overflow incontinence occurs
when the bladder neck or the urethra is blocked. Urine builds up in the
bladder until it becomes so full that it cannot hold any more urine.
Overflow incontinence is usually treated with surgery. Surgery removes or
relieves the obstruction in the urinary tract that is causing the bladder to
overfill. If the obstruction cannot be relieved, the person may need to use a
catheter several times a day to allow the bladder to empty regularly. If the
bladder swells from the pressure of holding too much urine, a catheter that is
left in the bladder and urethra (indwelling catheter) may be needed so that
urine can empty continuously until the bladder returns to its normal
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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