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Urinary Incontinence among Aging Men

Ehab A. Elzayat, MD, Urology Fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
Ali Alzahrani, MD, Urology Fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
Jerzy B. Gajewski, MD, FRCSC, Professor of Urology and Pharmacology, Department of Urology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

Urinary incontinence is a common symptom among older adults that is often marginalized and not properly addressed. It is, however, often associated with potentially treatable conditions. Concurrent chronic medical problems add more challenges in this patient population. Comprehensive assessments and evaluations are necessary because of the multifactorial underlying pathology. The selection of the best treatment option is challenging. This article reviews the effect of age on lower urinary tract symptoms, mainly incontinence, and describes the evaluation and management of urinary incontinence in older men.
Key words: urinary incontinence, aging male, older adults, men’s health.