Urodynamic studies are particularly recommended if Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms are persistent, suggesting possible OAB or a fault in the functioning of the sphincter.
Urodynamic tests range from simple observation (such as recording how long it might take for a patient to produce a urinary stream) to a series of diary entries over a number of days, to physical external and internal examinations, to precise internal measurements using sophisticated instruments. For precise measurements, imaging equipment takes pictures of the bladder filling and emptying. Pressure monitors record pressure inside the bladder and sensors record muscle and nerve activity. The doctor will decide on the type of testing appropriate for your weight, age, physical examination, and your symptoms.
Urodynamic tests such as cystometry, uroflowmetry, pressure flow studies, electromyography. Video-urodynamics testing also provides objective information regarding the normal and abnormal function of the lower urinary tract and the pelvic floor. Most urodynamics tests do not require special preparation, though some tests may require you to change fluid intake, perhaps stop taking certain medication or depending on the type of test, arrive with a full bladder.
Urodynamic testing is used to diagnose symptoms of the Lower Urinary Tract such as:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Sudden strong urges to urinate with no result
- Problems starting a urine stream
- Problems in completely emptying the bladder
- Recurring urinary tract infections
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