Common Urinary and Bowel Disorders in the Geriatric Population

Zara Manuelyan, Keila Siomara Muñiz, Ellen Stein

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The prevalence of urinary incontinence and other lower urinary tract symptoms increases with older age. These symptoms are more noticeable in men after the seventh decade of life and in women after menopause. Constipation and fecal incontinence are major causes of symptoms in elderly patients and can significantly impair quality of life. This article summarizes the current literature regarding the occurrence and implications of lower urinary tract and bowel symptoms in the geriatric population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-842
Number of pages16
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Constipation
  • Diverticular disease
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastrointestinal motility
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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