What is the impact of urinary incontinence in elderly persons?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Patients whose urinary incontinence is treated with catheterization also face risks. Both indwelling catheters and intermittent catheterization have a range of potential complications (see Treatment).

Urinary incontinence is a leading cause of admission to a nursing home when families find it too difficult to care for a relative with incontinence.

A study by Foley et al looked at the connection between urinary symptoms, poor quality of life, and physical limitations and falls among elderly individuals. These authors found that urinary incontinence and falling had an impact on quality of life and were, in fact, associated with physical limitations. [48]


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