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Urinary Incontinence And Urinary Tract Infections In Octogenarian Women

L. Björnsdóttir, Reynir T. Geirsson, Pálmi V. Jónsson
Published 1998 · Medicine

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Background. Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection are common problems among elderly women due to age-related changes in the urogenital tract, but information regarding prevalence and presentation among the aged is limited.Methods. A total of 97 randomly selected women aged 80-89 years, 47 living in homes for the elderly and 50 living at home, were asked about urogenital complaints in a structured interview. Medical records provided information about urinary tract infections and the use of estrogens.Results. Urinary incontinence affected 46%; half of them daily. Urge incontinence was most common (43%), then mixed incontinence (28%) and stress incontinence (26%). Urge and mixed incontinence caused significantly more discomfort than stress incontinence. During the past two years 33% of the women had experienced urinary tract infection and 11% had =5 infections. A total of 22 women were receiving estrogen treatment, more often in homes for the elderly (p<0.001). Paradoxically, these women had a hig...
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