To Pee or Not to Pee is a free webinar brought to us by CanDoMS.org
Susan Kalota, MD discusses normal bladder function and how it can be affected by MS.
Bladder Dysfunction occurs in 50-80% of people with MS.
- Store Urine
- Empty when socially acceptable
- Highly compliant or elastic
- Maintains low pressures so the bladder can fill easily
- Continent (doesn’t leak)
What’s involved with Urinary Continence?
Very Complex interactions between:
- Normal Bladder
- Competent Urethra (a tube that connects the urinary bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids from the body)
- Pelvic Nerves
- Spinal Nerves
- Brain (cerebral cortex, pontine micturition center)
Pontine micturition center is a center in the pons, a structure located on the brain stem that contains nuclei that relay signals that contribute to control of the bladder and inhibition of tension of the urethral sphincters.
Besides bladder control, the pons also contains nuclei that relay signals dealing primarily with sleep, respiration, swallowing, hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions, facial sensation, and posture.
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