Overactive Bladder

  • Karen L. Noblett


Overactive bladder (OAB) is an umbrella term that includes the symptoms of urinary urgency, frequency, nocturia, and/or urgency incontinence. Prevalence of this condition is reported to be higher in women and also reported to increase with age, with estimates extending up to 40 % after 70 years [1, 2]. OAB has a significant impact upon quality of life [3], as well as having a significant impact on the healthcare system with annual costs ranging from 66 billion US dollars. These costs are related to the routine costs of pads and diapers to patients, as well as the costs associated with the increased risk for falls and fractures, infections, and physical compromise [1]. Asking patients if they suffer these symptoms and tailoring an appropriate and effective treatment regimen is of great value not only for the patient but also for the healthcare system.


Overactive Bladder Detrusor Overactivity Urgency Incontinence Sacral Nerve Stimulation Incontinence Episode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUC Riverside School of Medicine, University of CaliforniaOaklandUSA

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