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Int Neurourol J. 2018 Mar;22(1):2-8. English. Review. https://doi.org/10.5213/inj.1836040.020
Jang HJ , Kwon MJ , Cho KO .
Department of Physiology, The Catholic Neuroscience Institute, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Pharmacology, The Catholic Neuroscience Institute, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. kocho@catholic.ac.kr
Abstract

Micturition is a complex process involving the bladder, spinal cord, and the brain. Highly sophisticated central neural program controls bladder function by utilizing multiple brain regions, including pons and suprapontine structures. Periaqueductal grey, insula, anterior cingulate cortex, and medial prefrontal cortex are components of suprapontine micturition centers. Under pathologic conditions such as epilepsy, urinary dysfunction is a frequent symptom and it seems to be associated with increased suprapontine cortical activity. Interestingly, micturition can also trigger seizures known as reflex epilepsy. During voiding behavior, frontotemporal cortical activation has been reported and it may induce reflex seizures. As current researches are only limited to present clinical cases, more rigorous investigations are needed to elucidate biological mechanisms of micturition to advance our knowledge on the process of micturition in physiology and pathology.

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