What is mixed urinary incontinence?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Patients with mixed incontinence exhibit symptoms of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Affected patients experience mild-to-moderate urine loss with physical activities (stress incontinence). At other times, they experience acute urine loss without any antecedent warning (urge incontinence). Urinary frequency, urgency, and nocturia complement urge incontinence symptom complex.

Most of the time, patients are not able to distinguish these 2 different symptom complexes. The symptoms of urge incontinence may unwittingly be confused with the symptoms of stress incontinence and vice versa. In this situation, the symptom complex most unbearable to the patient is treated first.

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