Urinary dysfunction in neurologic disorders

Pinky Agarwal MD (

Dr. Agarwal of the University of Washington received research support from Adamas, Astellas, Merck, and US World Meds; honorariums from Acadia and Adamas for consulting work; and honorariums from Adamas, Acadia, and US World Meds for speaking engagements.

Sudeshna Ray MBBS MD (

Dr. Ray of Evergreen Health has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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 March 20, 2018; expires March 20, 2021


Urinary dysfunction accompanies many neurologic conditions. In this article, the authors review the neurophysiology of bladder control. They summarize how it is disturbed by diseases of the nervous system. 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 diagnosis and management of lower urinary tract dysfunction in various neurologic diseases.

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