What is the role of bowel function assessment in the workup of overactive bladder (OAB) in children?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Pamela I Ellsworth, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Bowel habits should be evaluated in all children presenting with overactive bladder symptoms. The Rome III diagnostic criteria are often used to evaluate for constipation, but it is subjective and often relies on parent/guardian description of the child's stools. [19] Other commonly used methods are the Bristol stool form scale [20] and the Leech method to assess the level of stools within the intestine by plain radiography. [21, 22]


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