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Urinary Incontinence

EVALUATION

Tests commonly performed in the evaluation of UI

 

Urodynamics — This computerized test assesses bladder function. It involves filling the bladder with liquid, and recording subsequent pressure changes within the bladder. The Urodynamics allows a specific identification of the underlying cause of urinary incontinence or any bladder dysfunction, thus enabling the physician to recommend the appropriate treatment for the specific condition. It can also renders a precise diagnosis for other urological situations, such as when patients cannot empty their bladders, for patients with neurological diseases who are incontinent, children with urological problems and so forth. Urodynamics is a highly sophisticated test which requires specific urologic training. At Associates in Urology, we perform approximately 300-400 Urodynamics each year and our experience has been a source for clinical research and scientific articles in urological textbooks and medical journals.

Cystoscopy — This test is performed under local anesthesia in the office. The doctor inserts a tube that is connected to a light source and visual eye piece into the bladder, thus inspecting the urethra, the bladder, and in men, the prostate. This examination provides a diagnosis for various anatomical causes for incontinence. It also diagnoses causes for other urological conditions such as blood in the urine (hematuria), recurrent infection, or difficulty in passing urine.

 

by Yitzhak Berger, M.D.

Updated June 23rd, 2007

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