Anatomical incontinence is the involuntary release of urine related
to structural problems of the
urinary tract that affect the urine flow. Anatomical incontinence may be present
from birth (congenital).
The main symptom of anatomical incontinence is an almost continual
release of urine.
Anatomical incontinence is caused by structural problems in the
urinary tract that allow urine to leak past the muscle (sphincter) that retains
urine in the
bladder. These problems include:
An abnormal passage (fistula)
leading from the
urethra to another organ of the body.
abnormal pouch (diverticulum) in the wall of the urethra. Urine can become
trapped in the pouch and then leak out.
An abnormal opening between
the bladder and vagina (vesicovaginal fistula) or between a
ureter and the vagina (ureterovaginal fistula).
Treatment of anatomical incontinence concentrates on correcting the
structural problem that is interfering with the bladder's retention of