Incontinence

Common Name(s)

Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of bladder control. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine to uncontrollable wetting. UI becomes more common with age and women experience UI twice as often as men. Most bladder control problems happen when muscles that keep the bladder closed are too weak or too active.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Incontinence" for support, advocacy or research.

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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National Association For Continence

National Association For Continence is a national, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence. NAFC's purpose is to be the leading source for public education and advocacy about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2013

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The Canadian Continence Foundation

To enhance the quality of life for people experiencing incontinence by helping, them and/or their caregivers, to confidently seek and access cures and treatment options. To this end, the Foundation will implement and encourage important public and professional education, support, advocacy and research to advance incontinence treatment and/or management.

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2014

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Incontinence" for support, advocacy or research.

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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National Association For Continence

National Association For Continence is a national, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence. NAFC's purpose is to be the leading source for public education and advocacy about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.

http://www.nafc.org

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2013

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The Canadian Continence Foundation

To enhance the quality of life for people experiencing incontinence by helping, them and/or their caregivers, to confidently seek and access cures and treatment options. To this end, the Foundation will implement and encourage important public and professional education, support, advocacy and research to advance incontinence treatment and/or management.

http://www.canadiancontinence.ca/EN/index.php

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Incontinence" returned 1008 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Incidence and risk factors of postpartum anal incontinence: a prospective study of 503 cases.
 

Author(s): Monia Malek-mellouli, Soulé Assen, Fethi Ben Amara, Hamdi Gada, Kacem Masmoudi, Hédi Reziga

Journal: Tunis Med. 2014 Feb;92(2):159-63.

 

Background: Anal incontinence is a devastating functional postpartum complication. it can cause deep deterioration in the quality of life.

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2014

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Early functional results of biofeedback and its impact on quality of life of patients with anal incontinence.
 

Author(s): Fernando Rocha Leite, Marcílio José Rodrigues de Lima, Antônio Lacerda-Filho

Journal: Arq Gastroenterol. ;50(3):163-9.

 

Biofeedback has been used successfully in the treatment of fecal incontinence, working mainly on rehabilitation of the sphincter muscle. However, there are few studies presenting objective results of biofeedback, in terms of functional results and those related to the quality of life.

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2013

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Relationships between perioperative physical activity and urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy: an observational study.
 

Author(s): Sean F Mungovan, Bregtje P Huijbers, Andrew D Hirschhorn, Manish I Patel

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Higher physical activity levels are continence-protective in non-prostate cancer populations. Primary aims of this study were to investigate changes in physical activity levels over the perioperative period in patients having radical prostatectomy, and relationships between perioperative ...

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2013

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Incontinence" returned 159 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Current management of fecal incontinence: choosing amongst treatment options to optimize outcomes.
 

Author(s): Julie Ann M Van Koughnett, Steven D Wexner

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2013 Dec;19(48):9216-30.

 

The severity of fecal incontinence widely varies and can have dramatic devastating impacts on a person's life. Fecal incontinence is common, though it is often under-reported by patients. In addition to standard treatment options, new treatments have been developed during the past ...

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2014

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Posterior tibial nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence: where are we?
 

Author(s): Anil Thomas George, Rudra Krishna Maitra, Charles Maxwell-Armstrong

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2013 Dec;19(48):9139-45.

 

Neurostimulation remains the mainstay of treatment for patients with faecal incontinence who fails to respond to available conservative measures. Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is the main form of neurostimulation that is in use today. Posterior tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)--both ...

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2014

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Neuromodulation for fecal incontinence: an effective surgical intervention.
 

Author(s): Giuseppe Chiarioni, Olafur S Palsson, Corrado R Asteria, William E Whitehead

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2013 Nov;19(41):7048-54.

 

Fecal incontinence is a disabling symptom with medical and social implications, including fear, embarrassment, isolation and even depression. Most patients live in seclusion and have to plan their life around the symptom, with secondary impairment of their quality of life. Conservative ...

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Pharmacological vs Surgical Treatment for Mixed Incontinence
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Mixed Urinary Incontinence; Urinary Incontinence, Stress; Urinary Incontinence, Urge

 

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2007

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A Study to Estimate the Efficacy and Safety of Solifenacin in Female With Stress Urinary Incontinence and Urgency Urinary Incontinence
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Stress Urinary Incontinence; Urgency Urinary Incontinence

 

Last Updated: 4 Jan 2012

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Treatment of Fecal Incontinence by Injection of Autologous Muscle Fibers Into the Anal Sphincter
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Fecal Incontinence; Anal Incontinence

 

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2013

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