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Assessment of the urinary tract 

Assessment of the urinary tract
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Assessment of the urinary tract
Author(s):

Helen Jefferis

and Natalia Price

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198829065.003.0002
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date: 02 July 2022

This chapter covers assessment techniques for examining the urinary tract. It begins with symptoms and definitions that indicate assessment would be necessary and a procedure for general initial assessment, and baseline investigations. It then explains cystoscopy and relevant findings, urodynamic tests, uroflowmetry, cystometry, and filling cystometry, as well as additional urodynamic tests (e.g. ambulatory urodynamics and videourodynamics). Finally, urethral pressure profilometry for testing urethral function are described. Guidelines to the correct terminology used to describe symptoms and diagnoses are laid out as well as definitions of compliance and contractility, along with illustrative figures to show the assessment process of the urinary tract.

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