How is bladder function assessed during the evaluation of cauda equina and conus medullaris syndrome?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Segun Toyin Dawodu, JD, MD, MS, MBA, LLM, FAAPMR, FAANEM; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Alteration in bladder function may be assessed empirically by obtaining urine via catheterization. A significant volume with little or no urge to void, or as a post-void residual, may indicate bladder dysfunction. Bedside ultrasonography may be also used to estimate or measure post-void residual bladder volume.


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