What are the indications for urodynamic testing in older adults with incontinence?
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Urodynamic testing is indicated for older adults with incontinence when the underlying cause remains unclear (Grade of Recommendation: B, based on multiple well designed, but inconsistent, randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). Simple cystometry -- specifically, measuring post void residual and bladder capacity -- is helpful in the evaluation of urinary incontinence when the cause has remained unclear. It may also offer benefit when surgery is under consideration, when there is a history of genitourinary surgery, or when a conservative therapeutic trial has not had an adequate response (Grade of Recommendation: C, based on a small number of RCTs, retrospective cohort studies and systemic reviews).
Journal of Family Practice, 51(12) 2002: 1077.