Importance of uroflowmetry in lower urinary tract symptoms diagnostics


Authors: M. Gärtner 1;  J. Krhut 2,3;  K. Zvarová 5;  M. Juráková 1;  M. Navratilova 1;  P. Zvara 3,4
Authors‘ workplace: Porodnicko-gynekologická klinika OU a FN, Ostrava, přednosta doc. MUDr. V. Unzeitig, CSc. 1;  Urologické oddělení FN, Ostrava, primář doc. MUDr. J. Krhut, Ph. D. 2;  Katedra chirurgických oborů LF OU, Ostrava, přednosta doc. MUDr. P. Zonča, Ph. D., FRCS. 3;  Division of Urology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA, Division Chief M. K. Plante, MD, FRCS, FACS. 4;  Fyziologický ústav, Slovenská zdravotnícka univerzita, Bratislava, prednosta doc. MUDr. I. Béder, CSc. 5
Published in: Čes. Gynek.2015, 80, č. 3 s. 204-209

Overview

Objective:
To summarize the current state of knowledge on the use of uroflowmetry in diagnosis of lower urinary tract dysfunction in women.

Design:
Review article.

Setting:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Ostrava and Faculty of Medicine, Ostrava University.

Methods:
Literature review.

Results and conclusion:
Lower urinary tract dysfunction is associated with debilitating symptoms, which negatively affect the quality of life of a large number of patients, and represent a significant health problem. Inaccurate diagnosis leads to delayed therapy, which could cause disease progression and complications. It has been recently recognized that affected patients express a wide variety of clinical phenotypes. Advancements in diagnostic procedures may allow for individualized treatment and improved treatment outcomes. Diagnostic procedures recommended for patients with suspected lower urinary tract disease include directed medical history, urinalysis, voiding diary, as well as non-invasive and invasive urodynamic methods. Additional diagnostic tests may be used in select cases. Uroflowmetry is a basic urodynamic method used for screening. It represents a standard component used in the diagnostic process for patients with lower urinary tract symptoms. Sonouroflowmetry is a new method, which evaluates the urinary flow and lower urinary tract symptoms in a non-invasive manner by analysing the sound generated by a stream of urine striking the water surface in the toilet bowl.

Keywords:
uroflowmetry, sonouroflow, lower urinary tract symptoms


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