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What is the Q-tip test for overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
A "Q-tip test" rules out various types of overactive bladder. Your doctor measures the change in the angle of the urethra at rest and when straining. If it changes in angle more than 30 degrees, this may mean the muscles supporting your bladder are weak, which is a sign of stress incontinence.

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