Urodynamic Tests for Urinary Incontinence
Urodynamic tests for urinary incontinence are measurements taken to evaluate your bladder's function and efficiency. The actual tests done vary from person to person.
Some urodynamic tests are relatively simple and can be done in a doctor's office; other tests require expensive and sophisticated instruments to measure the amount of pressure experienced by the bladder and urethra.
For basic urodynamic testing:
More sophisticated testing uses electrodes placed in the rectum to measure the electrical activity of the muscles while the bladder fills. This test is not commonly done.
Why It Is Done
Urodynamic testing may be done when:
The amount of fluid left in the bladder after urinating, when you feel the urge to urinate, and when you can no longer hold back urine are within normal ranges.
One or more of the following may be found:
What To Think About
Some people may find it embarrassing to urinate while being observed.
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