Challenges and New Insights in the Management of Urinary Incontinence in Older Women

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Abstract

  • Purpose of Review: This article highlights the potential challenges in the management of urinary incontinence in older women. Recent Findings: Urinary incontinence is a highly prevalent condition associated with profound morbidity and psychosocial consequences especially among older women. Simple conservative approaches including life-style modification and behavioral management can be quite effective in improving urinary incontinence symptoms. However, options beyond first-line management are limited due to adverse effects related to medications or surgery. Summary: Urinary incontinence is a multifactorial condition in older women, and management is often complicated given multiple comorbidities and unique physiologic changes related to aging. The management should be individualized based on the patient's clinical history and goals of therapy. More research is needed to overcome current challenges associated with the management of urinary incontinence in older women. A treatment algorithm that provides safe yet effective treatment options specifically tailored to older women is needed.
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    Author List

  • Meyer I; Richter HE
  • Start Page

  • 11
  • End Page

  • 17
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 2