What is the role of the emergency physician in urinary incontinence diagnosis?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Urinary incontinence is not a common presenting complaint in the emergency department (ED); however, its presence is always abnormal. The role of the emergency physician is to rule out some of the serious causes such as cauda equina syndrome, cord compression, and paraspinal abscess. If such life-threatening conditions exist, the patient needs to be admitted for a complete workup of the disease entity.


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