Location:Room 4, Capital suite (level 3)
Urodynamic studies are useful to evaluate lower urinary tract function in an objective manner. Symptoms of dysfunction are not specific and not sensitive. When initial treatment on the basis of signs and symptoms fails, a precise diagnosis of the dysfunction may be required to establish a further management plan.
Urodynamic testing requires understanding of normal physiology, as well as of pathophysiology. Furthermore performing invasive testing requires personal, communicative and instrumental skills. The session will elaborate on technical and other pitfalls, on the prevention of errors and on the recognition of errors and artefacts and the possibility for correction. The recently published (December 2016) ICS Good Urodynamic Practices document will be the basis of this presentation.
Lower urinary tract symptoms are subjective while expressed by the patient and also when interpreted by the health professional. Objective testing and diagnosis is the golden standard for management of every disease or dysfunction. Urodynamic testing provides objective diagnosis of lower urinary tract function, unbiased by subjectivity. Adequate testing requires skills, knowledge and also cooperation with the patient. Future urodynamics will be better standardized, better controlled for technical errors. Future urodynamics will be better practice-supported but also more decision and evaluation supported, but also more patient friendly. This presentation will unveil the scene for the following decade of urodynamics.