Course Theme: Bladder & Bowel Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction with Spinal Cord Injury

This course covers how a spinal cord injury can affect bladder and bowel function, aiming to provide you with knowledge on how to manage bladder and bowel care in SCI.

7 Items

  1. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) - Bladder and Bowel Function

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    The majority of individuals with spinal cord injury experience significant symptoms related to neurogenic bowel dysfunction, e.g. 42% experience constipation and as many as 77% experience faecal incontinence.

  2. Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction

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    The descending colon and the rectum are the final stage of the human intestine system. Normally the rectum is relatively empty. Stools do not enter the rectum continuously, but as mass movements.

  3. Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

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    Neurogenic bladder dysfunction is a disorder of the lower urinary tract created by damage to, or diseases of the nervous system.

  4. What You Should Know About Autonomic Dysreflexia

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    Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is an episodic uncontrolled elevation of systolic blood pressure sometimes accompanied by bradycardia. If not managed it can lead to cerebral and spinal hemorrhage, seizures and pulmonary edema.

  5. Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) – What Is It, Causes and Symptoms

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    Bev Collins, Clinical nurse lead, Wellspect, explains what Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) is, talks through some of the main causes or triggers of this syndrome and what the symptoms of AD are.

  6. Common Challenges with SCI Bladder and Bowel Care

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    Debbie Green, spinal cord injury specialist lead, SIA, addresses some of the issues facing someone with a spinal injury with their bladder and bowel care.

Further Reading

Scientific Review of Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction (NBD)

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Bowel disorders are common in conditions affecting the nervous system, such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and severe Parkinson’s disease, and have great impact on self-esteem, personal relationships and social life.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

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Learn more about what cauda equina syndrome is, its effects on bladder and bowel, and how to manage bladder and bowel symptoms in cauda equina.