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Certain types of cancer and cancer treatment can damage the
urinary bladder. Here’s what you need to know to recognize the signs and
symptoms of neurogenic bladder.
This condition occurs when nerve damage affects the
bladder’s ability to fill, store, and empty urine. This can cause the bladder
to empty partially, too often, or too quickly. Neurogenic bladder raises your
risk for urinary tract infections and kidney damage.
Survivors who have had tumors that involved the bladder,
prostate, pelvis, or spine are at risk for neurogenic bladder. Also, those who
had surgery or radiation in these areas
The sudden urge to urinate and the need to urinate often are
symptoms of neurogenic bladder. Dribbling or straining during urinating, or not
being able to urinate, may also occur.
A physician who specializes in the urinary tract (urologist)
will evaluate you if you think you might have neurogenic bladder. Certain tests
can check how well the bladder stores and empties urine.
Treatment for neurogenic bladder varies per person. Medicine
may be used to treat bladders that don’t empty fully or that empty too often or
too quickly. Surgery to make the bladder larger may be needed if medicines
Some people who can’t empty their bladder all the way may
need to remove urine by inserting a small tube (catheter) in the urethra
several times per day. This helps prevent high pressure in the bladder that
interferes with flow of urine from the ureters and kidneys.
Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms: