Because the urinary system will no longer work as it was intended, complications can arise from the bladder not filling and emptying correctly. The following are a few of the more common complications following a spinal cord injury.
Urinary Tract Infection
After a spinal cord injury, individuals are at a high risk of urinary tract infection (UTI). Complications due to UTI are the number one medical concern and more likely to affect your overall health and health care costs.
The source of UTI is bacteria. Bacteria are a group of tiny, microscopic single-celled life forms that live in the body and are capable of causing disease or infection.
It is normal for individuals with SCI to have bacteria in their bladder. Bacteria from the skin and urethra are easily brought into the bladder with ISC, Foley, and Suprapubic methods of bladder management. Also, individuals with SCI are often not able to completely empty their bladder. Bacteria are likely to grow in urine that stays in the bladder.
Signs of a bladder infection may include a rise in body temperature, fever, sweating, increased spasticity, autonomic dysreflexia, cloudy urine.