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Incontinence 

Incontinence
Chapter:
Incontinence
Source:
Introduction to Clinical Neurology (5 edn)
Author(s):

Douglas J. Gelb

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190467197.003.0016

Incontinence is a particularly distressing symptom for patients and their families, and this would be reason enough to evaluate it promptly. In addi- tion, although incontinence is not an emergency in and of itself, it some- times indicates the presence of an underlying neurologic condition that must be addressed urgently. Neurologic conditions more often produce urinary incontinence than fecal incontinence, and when both occur, urinary incontinence generally appears first.

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