What is the role of lab studies in the diagnosis of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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These include the following:

  • Urinalysis and urine culture – Urinary tract infection can cause irritative voiding symptoms and urge incontinence.
  • Urine cytology – Irritative voiding symptoms out of proportion to the overall clinical picture and/or hematuria warrant urine cytology and cystoscopy, as these may indicate carcinoma in situ of the urinary bladder
  • Renal function studies – Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine (Cr) are checked if renal function compromise is suspected.

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