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Urinary incontinence in men

J Quentin Clemens, MD, FACS, MSCI
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Michael P O'Leary, MD, MPH
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Howard Libman, MD, FACP


Urinary incontinence in men can be caused by functional abnormalities of the bladder or urethra, particularly in men with prostate disease. Men with urinary incontinence are more likely to report a lower quality of life and are at increased risk of institutionalization compared to men without urinary incontinence [1,2].

This topic will discuss the epidemiology, pathogenesis, evaluation, and management of urinary incontinence in men. Other lower urinary tract symptoms in men, as well as urinary incontinence in women, are discussed elsewhere. (See "Lower urinary tract symptoms in men" and "Evaluation of women with urinary incontinence" and "Treatment of urinary incontinence in women".)


A brief listing of definitions for terms used in this topic follows:

Urinary incontinence is defined as involuntary leakage of urine.

Urgency incontinence is involuntary leakage accompanied by urgency. Urgency is the complaint of a sudden and compelling desire to pass urine that is difficult to defer. Commonly-reported precipitants include running water, hand washing, and going out in the cold.

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