Overactive bladder is one of the most common bladder problems, but an estimated 20 million Americans have underactive bladder (UAB), which makes going to the bathroom difficult, increases the risk of urinary tract infections, and even leads to institutionalization.
This article provides an overview of UAB in older adults, and discusses the prevalence, predisposing factors, cause, clinical investigations, and treatments. At present, there is no effective therapy for UAB. A great deal of work still needs to be done on understanding the pathogenesis and the development of effective therapies.
Clinics in geriatric medicine. 2015 Jul 26 [Epub]
Yao-Chi Chuang, Mauricio Plata, Laura E Lamb, Michael B Chancellor
Department of Urology, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chung Shan Medical University Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. , Department of Urology, Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá University Hospital, Universidad de los Andes School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia. , Department of Urology, Aikens Neurourology Research Center, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, MI, USA. , Department of Urology, Aikens Neurourology Research Center, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, MI, USA.