Topic Overview

Anatomical incontinence is the involuntary release of urine caused by structural problems of the
urinary tract that affect the urine flow. This type of incontinence may be present
from birth (congenital).

The main symptom is an almost continual
release of urine.

The incontinence is caused by structural problems in the
urinary tract that allow urine to leak past the muscle (sphincter) that keeps urine in the
bladder. These problems include:

  • An
    abnormal pouch (diverticulum) in the wall of the urethra. Urine can become
    trapped in the pouch and then leak out.
  • An abnormal opening between
    the bladder and vagina. This is called a vesicovaginal fistula.
  • An abnormal opening between a
    ureter and the vagina. This is called a ureterovaginal fistula.

Treatment aims to correct the
structural problem that is causing the release of urine.

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Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Avery L. Seifert, MD – Urology

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017