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Urinary IncontinenceIncontinence, the inability to restrain the discharge of urine, is an extremely common and highly treatable disorder. There are two types:
Acute IncontinenceAcute incontinence appears suddenly and is not rare in older individuals. It is usually associated with an underlying disease. The causes of acute incontinence are best remembered by the mnemonic, DRIP:
The treatment of acute incontinence includes frequent toileting and treatment of the underlying cause. Catheterization should be avoided as it increases the likelihood of hospital-acquired infections.
Chronic IncontinenceThe types of chronic incontinence are:
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