How should a history of urinary incontinence be elicited?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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A thorough history is essential to the evaluation of urinary incontinence. The clinical presentation of urinary incontinence, based on severity, frequency, and amount of debilitation varies from patient to patient.

Patients may be reluctant to initiate discussions about incontinence; therefore, all patients, especially those older than 65 years, should be asked focused questions about voiding problems. In wording these questions, it is best to avoid nonspecific terms such as urge or nocturia, as they may have different meanings for different patients.

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