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April 20, 1946


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Rochester, Minn.

From the Section on Urology, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1946;130(16):1061-1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870160007003

There is no accurate way to estimate the number of women suffering unnecessarily from urinary incontinence. That the urinary incontinence of a considerable number of such unfortunate persons results because the ureteral orifices are anomalously located, most urologists are certain. Urologists are equally certain that a cure awaits those patients once the condition is recognized. The crying needs are first for an awareness of all physicians of the possible cause of the incontinence and then for direction of these patients for treatment. We are presenting some facts which were derived from a review of 19 cases observed at the Mayo Clinic in the hope that, when this condition and its treatment are brought to the attention of physicians, more of these patients will receive proper care. Twelve of these cases have been reported previously by Crenshaw.1

The urinary incontinence which results from ectopic ureteral orifices presents a characteristic picture.

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