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Rev Urol. 2002;4 Suppl 4:S38-43.

Treatment of overactive bladder and incontinence in the elderly.


The prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) and overactive bladder rises with age, and elderly people are the fastest-growing segment of the population. Many elderly people assume UI is a normal part of the aging process and do not report it to their doctors, who must therefore make the effort to elicit the information from them. Coexisting medical problems in older patients and the multiple medications many of them take make diagnosis and treatment more complex in this population. Just as the etiology of incontinence is often multifactorial, the treatment approach may need to be multipronged, with behavioral, environmental, and medical components; in any case, it must be targeted to the individual patient. New, less-invasive surgical techniques and devices make surgery more feasible if other therapy fails.

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