Underlying causes of chronic bladder dysfunction

Andre Marais*, Elzbieta Osuch

*Corresponding author for this work

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General practitioners and family physicians frequently encounter patients suffering from voiding disorders. Various underlying causes such as spinal cord injury, cerebrovascular accidents, traumatic brain injury and several neurological diseases including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis and vitamin deficiencies have been implicated. Chronic bladder conditions may cause social embarrassment and decrease quality of life in affected individuals. It is important to identify the most common underlying causes of bladder dysfunction and have adequate knowledge regarding the primary treatment and prevention of complications in order to reduce the economic burden created by this group of disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalSouth African Family Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Bladder cancer
  • Chronic bladder conditions
  • Chronic urinary tract infection
  • Hematuria
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Painful bladder syndrome
  • Urinary incontinence


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