Voiding dysfunction is a condition where there is poor coordination between the bladder muscle and the urethra which results in incomplete relaxation or over activity of the pelvic floor muscles during voiding. In voiding dysfunction condition, the urethra does not relax when the bladder muscle contracts, making it difficult for urine to pass.
- Urinary hesitancy
- Slow or weak urine stream
- Urinary urgency and/or increased frequency
- Difficulty in emptying the bladder
- Dribbling urine after urination is complete
- Blood in the urine
- Constipation and faecal soiling
Voiding dysfunction may be caused by
- Nerve dysfunction
- Non-relaxing pelvic floor muscles or both
- Endocrine or kidney diseases that affect the urinary tract (e.g. diabetes, chronic kidney disease)
- Genetic diseases that affect the urinary tract (e.g. Ochoa syndrome, Williams syndrome)
- Infections or irritations that affect the urinary tract (e.g. urinary tract infections, urethritis, pin-worms, foreign bodies)
- Stress incontinence
Types of voiding dysfunction?
Daytime wetting (also called diurnal enuresis): Daytime wetting can consist of either small urine leaks that spot or dampen underwear to the complete soaking of undergarments.
Urge syndrome: This is frequent attacks of the need to void (at least seven times a day) countered by hold manoeuvre’s, such as squatting. Urine loss is mild, represented by a dampening of undergarments.
Giggle incontinence: This is the complete emptying of the bladder that occurs with vigorous laughter or giggling.
Bed-wetting (also called nocturnal enuresis): This is when a sleeping child cannot control his/her urination at night. It is not considered as problem or abnormal condition till the child reaches the age of five. But it is an abnormal condition if patients age is more than five.
Have you encountered any of the symptoms listed above? Contact Sarah Hussain for better treatment to solve any type of voiding dysfunction related issues. We are just a Click away!