What is urodynamic testing?

Urodynamic tests are used to diagnose patients who have urinary incontinence or other lower urinary tract symptoms. These tests are given to both men and women. Urodynamic tests are used to measure:

  • Nerve and muscle function.
  • Pressure around and in the bladder.
  • Flow rates and other factors.

These tests look at how well the bladder, sphincters, and urethra are storing and releasing urine (pee).

What symptoms might cause your healthcare provider to order urodynamic tests?

These tests are done to diagnose problems in your lower urinary tract. The urinary tract is the body's drainage system for removing wastes and extra fluid. The results of urodynamic testing will help you and your provider find the right treatment.

Most urodynamic tests are meant to discover how well the bladder is holding urine and how urine is empty. The bladder should be able to let out urine in a steady manner so that it empties all the way. Your bladder might contract (squeeze) without you wanting it to, which can lead to urine leakage.

Your healthcare provider might order these tests if you have:

  • Any type of urine leakage or incontinence.
  • Sudden and overwhelming urges to urinate and frequent urination.
  • Pain when urinating or many urinary tract infections.
  • Problems starting to urinate or fully emptying your bladder.

Symptoms like these indicate that you might have problems with your lower urinary tract.

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