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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
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.
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
One or more of the following may be found:
Some people may find it embarrassing to urinate while being
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
September 11, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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