Acute Loss of Bladder Control in a Stroke of the Frontal Cortex

Heidi Woessner, Prasanna Vibhute, Kevin M Barrett

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Lesions of the medial frontal micturition center can result in the activation of the pontine and spinal micturition centers when the bladder is full, causing urinary incontinence. Recognition of acute bladder incontinence as part of a cortical hemispheric stroke syndrome may reduce the likelihood of false localization to the spinal cord in patients with acute ischemic stroke eligible for acute reperfusion therapy.  We describe a case of urinary incontinence due to anterior cerebral artery infarction and discuss the cortical localization of voluntary bladder control to the anterior cingulate gyrus, inferior frontal gyrus, middle frontal gyrus, and superior frontal gyrus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-131
Number of pages3
JournalThe Neurohospitalist
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012


  • cerebrovascular disease
  • cerebrovascular disorders
  • clinical specialty
  • neurologic manifestations
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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