Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 51–56 | Cite as

Medical Causes of Overactive Bladder

Overactive Bladder (A Klausner, Section Editor)


Overactive bladder (OAB), defined as a symptom complex consisting of urgency, with or without urge incontinence, in the absence of urinary tract infection or other obvious pathology, is a diagnosis affecting millions of Americans and patients around the world and is associated with significant secondary morbidity and mortality. The economic burden and prevalence of OAB is increasing in the United States, and its underlying etiology can be attributed to multiple factors. In addition to aging, pelvic floor weakness and bladder outlet obstruction, a number of medical conditions can lead to the symptoms of overactive bladder. Recognition and proper management of associated medical conditions can lead to improved patient outcomes and decreased expenditure of healthcare resources.


Overactive bladder Detrusor overactivity Neurogenic bladder Incontinence 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologySUNY Downstate College of MedicineBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.SUNY Downstate College of MedicineBrooklynUSA

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