Non-surgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Adult Women: Diagnosis and Comparative Effectiveness
Approaches to Diagnosis of UI (3 of 3)
The primary instrumental method for diagnosis of UI is multichannel urodynamics, which can distinguish between pure stress UI, urgency UI, and mixed UI. Urodynamic evaluation is not typically used in primary care but is used for differential diagnosis, especially for patients considering surgical treatment. Urodynamics are used as a reference standard for determining the diagnostic value of other methods.
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