What is the effect of a spinal cord injury on 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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Depending upon the level of lesion, a spinal cord injury can lead to urinary frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence, which may be complicated by difficulty emptying the bladder. This occurs because the urinary bladder and the sphincter are no longer coordinated and both exert overactivity, a condition termed detrusor sphincter dyssynergia (DSD).


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