Neurogenic Bladder (NGB) is a common phrase used to describe the dysfunction of the bladder that occurs from a neurological issue such as a stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injury at any level, Multiple Sclerosis, Peripheral or Central Neuropathies, Alzheimer’s, Shy-Drager, Guillain-Barre, Tabes Dorsalis, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Hydrocephalus.
It may also occur after radiation to the brain, spinal cord, or pelvis, and from nerve damage potentially from any surgery in the pelvis, or spinal surgeries (fusion, laminectomy).
Fecal retention or fecal incontinence can co-exist with NGB as well from the same neurological process.
A carefully performed evaluation is necessary to improve bladder and bowel movements to enable optimal functionality. There is a myriad of treatment options which can include medications, lifestyle changes, catheter usage, or surgery.