What is the role of the pontine micturition center (PMC) in the neuroanatomy of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Emotions, experienced in higher brain centers, may exert downstream effects on the PMC, which is why some people can experience incontinence with excitment or fear. The ability of the brain to control the PMC is part of the social training that children experience during growth and development. Usually the brain takes over the control of the pons, via the periaqueducatal gray matter, when children undergo toilet training.


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