What is the pace of onset characteristic of urinary incontinence?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Many cases of urinary incontinence present as a gradually progressive disorder. Progression from very mild symptoms to more severe and debilitating urine loss may take many years. The patient may come to medical attention only after experiencing a progressive worsening of symptoms.

In other patients, symptoms may appear suddenly and may or may not be associated with a specific inciting event, such as pelvic/urinary tract surgery, trauma, and genitourinary tract infection. In these instances especially, associated symptoms such as pelvic pain, urgency, frequency, dysuria, and hematuria may point to a specific etiology.

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