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Bladder Disorders in Diabetes

Eva Tseng, M.D., Nisa Maruthur, M.D., M.H.S.
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  • Bladder dysfunction in diabetes mellitus (DM) spans a spectrum from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as incontinence to bladder cystopathy.
  • Detrusor muscle, neurologic, and urothelial dysfunction underlie bladder dysfunction in DM.
  • Urge incontinence: involuntary loss of urine while feeling a need to urinate. Usually due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity (i.e., spastic bladder)
  • Stress incontinence: involuntary loss of urine that occurs during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. Usually due to weak pelvic floor muscles.
  • Bladder cystopathy: decreased bladder sensation and contractility resulting in urinary retention, the most severe bladder disorder in DM. Usually due to autonomic neuropathy (also known as neurogenic bladder).

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Last updated: September 4, 2017


Tseng, Eva, and Nisa Maruthur. "Bladder Disorders in Diabetes." Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547019/all/Bladder_Disorders_in_Diabetes.
Tseng E, Maruthur N. Bladder Disorders in Diabetes. Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547019/all/Bladder_Disorders_in_Diabetes. Accessed July 17, 2019.
Tseng, E., & Maruthur, N. (2017). Bladder Disorders in Diabetes. In Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547019/all/Bladder_Disorders_in_Diabetes
Tseng E, Maruthur N. Bladder Disorders in Diabetes [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 July 17]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547019/all/Bladder_Disorders_in_Diabetes.
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