Researches Discover a Gene Link to Incontinence and Bladder Function

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have another approach to the issue of incontinence: they've discovered a hereditary gene related to incontinence and urofacial syndrome, according to this press release.

The discovered gene, known as Heparanase 2, is found to have an important role in controlling facial and bladder muscle function, a critical component of urinary and bowel control. Urofacial syndrome often causes leaks of urine and feces, ultimately causing kidney damage for some. Children with the gene mutation often have inverted muscles for smiling and often even avoid trying to smile. Without treatment, children born with urofacial syndrome often die before adulthood.

While researchers have discovered this association with mutations, they are not still entirely sure on the function of the Heparanase 2 gene. They are continually ursuing new data on how the gene functions and the effects of its mutation.

Usually treated with a number of incontinence supplies including pads, sheets, undergarments, and briefs, but as its usually a syptom of a variety of health conditions, there are many opportunities to finding cures to this common problem that affects an estimated 20 percent of the population. Genetic research may be one means to putting an end to incontinence for many people.