Spinal cord injury interrupts the conscious control of the bladder. There may or may not be sensation present.
Injury that damages or severs the spinal cord. Spinal reflex arc intact as evidenced by anal wink (pin prick to anus elicits a tightening of sphincter).
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
No ability to consciously void. Voiding may be achieved by stimulation of the reflex arc, such as bladder tapping and other methods.
For indepth information regarding bladder management in patients with spinal cord injuries please read the RnCeus.com course: Bladder Management after Spinal Cord Injury: A Practical Approach