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Is frequent urination in old age common?

Q: My grandmother is 84 years old. Of late she is having frequent urination. Sometimes urine is seeping out inadvertently and she is unable to realise it. Her blood sugar is normal and there is no urinary tract infection. Mentally she is agile. She has a history of arthritis, otherwise her health condition is fine.

A:This is a fairly common problem in elderly women because with age the sphincter (valve) that controls the passage of urine from the bladder tends to weaken. This can sometimes, in very mild cases, be controlled with specific and regular exercise of that part of the body; otherwise there is surgery available. Your grandmother would benefit by a consultation with an experienced Urologist.

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