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Overflow Incontinence – Signs, Causes and Diagnosis

Posted Jul 20 2009 10:19pm

Incontinence is more common in women than in men, but there is a type of incontinence that is prevalent in older men and very rare in women. With this condition patients never feel the urge to urinate, the bladder never empties and small amounts of urine leak continuously, this condition is called Overflow incontinence.

The reason it is more common is men as it is often related to enlarged prostate, which is situated just underneath the bladder. The urine outflow tube passes through the middle of the prostate, and any enlargement of this gland presses on the urethra (urine tube). This makes it difficult for the bladder to empty and fill up completely, and a pool of urine constantly remains in the bladder.

In this article we look into symptoms, causes and diagnosis of overflow incontinenc e in a simple and easy way to give you a better understanding of this type incontinence.

Symptoms or Signs:

Bladder never feels empty
Frequent night time urinate
Inability to void, even when the urge is felt
Urine dribbles, even after voiding


Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH; enlarged prostate)
Neurogenic bladder (underactive)
Urinary stones


Diagnosis involves identifying the type and severity of the disorder. Based on the information obtained, doctors may prescribe one or more diagnostic procedures.

For more information and advice on overflow incontinence contact Allanda or if you wish to ask a personal question in private then ask our Nurse Shona, who specialises in incontinence care.

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