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How does measuring bladder pressure help diagnose overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
During cystometry, bladder pressure is measured while your bladder is being filled up. This allows your doctor to see how much pressure it takes for you to be able to urinate and how fast you do it. Your doctor then uses a catheter to check for uncontrolled muscle contractions and when you might feel an urge to urinate.

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