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BrainWaves #71 Spinal control of bladder function

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: August 10, 2017

Spinal cord injury can be a devastating problem for patients. There is often significant weakness and loss of sensation and coordination, and some patients may never walk again. Almost everyone knows this. But what about the other spinal cord functions that we don't often talk about? In this week's episode, we review how the spinal cord controls bladder function and why it's important to know what happens when this circuitry is interrupted.

Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Andy Cohen & Steve Combs. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.


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