Overactive Bladder (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Overactive bladder (OAB) facts
- What is an overactive bladder?
- What are the causes of overactive bladder?
- Are there any risk factors for overactive bladder?
- What are overactive bladder symptoms?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose overactive bladder?
- What are the treatments for an overactive bladder?
- What is the role of medications in treating overactive bladder?
- Are there alternative therapies for OAB?
- What are treatments for the chronically incontinent?
- What measures can be taken at home to prevent overactive bladder symptoms?
- What are some of the complications of overactive bladder?
- What is the prognosis for overactive bladder?
- Find a local Urologist in your town
Are there any risk factors for overactive bladder?
Some of the common risk factors for overactive bladder include the following:
- Advanced age
- Injury to the nervous system
- Diabetes mellitus
- Prostate enlargement
- Prostate surgery
- Multiple pregnancies
- Previous pelvic surgery
- Previous radiotherapy of the pelvis
- Postmenopausal women have an increased risk of OAB.
- Race may affect risk of developing OAB: African-American and Hispanic men and women have a higher risk of developing OAB.
- Obesity also appears to increase the risk of OAB.
- OAB is also associated with depression, anxiety, and other symptoms.
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