DYK: Hydrocephalus and urinary incontinence issues

DYK: Hydrocephalus and urinary incontinence issues


HydrocephalusTranquility offers an extensive array of products to meet a full range of incontinence needs. Some people suffering from hydrocephalus have urinary incontinence issues.

According to the National Institutes of Health website, Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water and “cephalus” meaning head. It is a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. The “water” is actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) — a clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The excessive accumulation of CSF results in an abnormal widening of spaces in the brain called ventricles. This widening creates potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke fact sheet explains that “older children and adults may experience different symptoms because their skulls cannot expand to accommodate the buildup of CSF.” Symptoms may include:

·         Headache followed by vomiting, nausea, blurred or double vision

·         Sun setting of the eyes

·         Problems with balance, poor coordination

·         Gait disturbance

·         Urinary incontinence

·         Slowing or loss of developmental progress

·         Lethargy

·         Drowsiness

·         Irritability, or other changes in personality

·         Cognition including memory loss

Some of the symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus include:

·         Problems with walking

·         Impaired bladder control leading to urinary frequency and/or incontinence

·         Progressive mental impairment and dementia

Find more information about Hydrocephalus at the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.



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Popular Questions


Overflow incontinence is involuntary urination. The bladder muscles are unable to contain urine under pressure and feel like the bladder is unable to be emptied completely.

No. Cutting back on fluid intake can lead to dehydration, constipation and irritation of the bladder. It is true that certain types of fluids should be avoided such as alcohol and caffeine that irritate the bladder.


No, doubling up on products that contain a moisture barrier will not increase absorption. Briefs, disposable underwear and pads/ liners are typically designed with a moisture proof backing that stops the urine from passing through. This approach to adding more capacity or addressing leakage concerns only works if the second product is a “flow-through” design with no moisture proof backing.

Latex-Free means that the product is not made from natural rubber (latex) or doesn’t contain any natural rubber.

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