Evaluation of Female Urinary Incontinence

, , University of Texas Medical School


Medscape General Medicine. 1996;1(1) 

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Abstract and Introduction


History and physical examination, along with simple diagnostic tests, are the best means for evaluating urinary incontinence. History assesses the severity of the incontinence and its effect on the patient's life. Physical examination is necessary to evaluate the degree of incontinence and possible neurologic disorders. A cystometrogram can be used to evaluate bladder compliance. It is easy to perform and may be the most important and useful urodynamic test for this problem.


Incontinence in women is best evaluated by history, physical examination, and simple tests. Only occasionally are sophisticated tests necessary. A thorough history guides the physical examination, helps formulate what information will be sought during a urodynamic study, and gives insight into the effect of the problem on a patient's life.