Urinary dysfunction in neurologic disease

Praveen Dayalu MD (Dr. Dayalu of the University of Michigan received a research grant from Teva.)
Zachary N London MD, editor. (Dr. London of the University of Michigan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.)
Originally released July 17, 2000; last updated July 9, 2012; expires July 9, 2015
Notice: This article has expired and is therefore not available for CME credit.


Urinary dysfunction accompanies many neurologic conditions. In this article, the author reviews the neurophysiology of bladder control. He summarizes how it is disturbed by diseases of the nervous system, with specific examples. With an improved understanding of this complex problem, neurologists can be more effective in their approach to patients with urinary dysfunction. This article includes updated information on botulinum toxin therapy for overactive bladder.

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