Diagnostic Tests For Urinary Incontinence

Diagnostic Tests For Urinary Incontinence

The health care professional may order one or both of the following diagnostic tests, based on the results of the medical history and physical exam:

  • Urinalysis is testing of a urine sample. For the test, a nurse or technician places a strip of chemically treated paper, called a dipstick, into the urine. Patches on the dipstick change color when blood or protein is present in urine. A person does not need anesthesia for this test. The test can show if the woman has a UTI, a kidney problem, or diabetes.
  • Urine Culture. A health care professional performs a urine culture by placing part of a urine sample in a tube or dish with a substance that encourages any bacteria present to grow. Identification of  bacteria takes  1 to 3 days. A health care professional performs a urine culture to determine the best treatment when urinalysis indicates the woman has a UTI.
  • Blood Test. A blood test can show problems with kidney function or a chemical imbalance in the body.
  • Urodynamic Testing. Urodynamic testing is any procedure that looks at how well the bladder, urethra, and sphincters store and release urine.

Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: April 12, 2017

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