Update on the Pharmacologic Management of Overactive Bladder: The Present and the Future

Pamela Ellsworth; Eileen Kirshenbaum


Urol Nurs. 2010;30(1):29-39. 

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Evaluation of OAB

Initial evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of OAB typically includes a history, physical examination, urinalysis, and bladder diary (see Figure 1). The evaluation is designed to rule out medical and non-medical etiologies for OAB, such as functional impairments, medication side effects, urinary tract infections, bladder outlet obstruction, bladder tumors, or neurologic etiologies, such as stroke or multiple sclerosis. In most individuals, a diagnosis of OAB can be made based on these components, and treatment can be started.

Figure 1.

Overactive Bladder Initial Evaluation


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