The innervation of the bladder, the pelvic floor, and emotion: A review

Jörgen Quaghebeur, Peter Petros, Jean Jacques Wyndaele, Stefan De Wachter

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The innervation of the pelvic region is complex and includes extensive neurologic pathways. The higher centres' organisation determining the pelvic floor and organs' function remains a challenge understanding the physiological and pain mechanisms. Psychological and emotional factors have a profound influence on the pelvic floor and organ dysfunction such as LUTS. LUTS are associated with stress, depression, and anxiety. Neuroception is a subconscious neuronal system for detecting threats and safety and might explain the permanent disturbance of higher brain centres maintaining functional urological and gastrointestinal disorders and sphincter dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102868
JournalAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


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