Incontinence of urine in the elderly

Thompson, John (1964) Incontinence of urine in the elderly. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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1. The majority of cases of urinary Incontinence in elderly patients are due to cerebral disease, resulting in diminished control of the bladder. 2. The bladder is commonly smaller than normal and shows early spontaneous contractions. 3. Many of the cases with brain disease are confused and the degree of confusion is related to the bladder size and the prognosis. 4. Infection of the urinary tract increases the patient's chances of becoming incontinent; cure of the infection improves the prognosis of the incontinence. 5. Cystometric examination is valuable in assessing the bladder capacity, the cerebral control, the prognosis and the probable response to therapy. 6. Rubber or plastic appliances have only a small part to play in treatment, as they require the co-operation of the patient. 7. Accurate recording of the incontinence is important in assessing the prognosis and response to treatment. 8. Treatment should be directed to improving mental performance, to blocking parasympathetic stimuli, to eliminating infection, and to overcoming any blockage to the outflow. 9. Further intensive investigation is needed.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: W Anderson-Ferguson
Keywords: Medicine
Date of Award: 1964
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1964-73352
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 08:56

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