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Cystometry

What Affects the Test

Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:

  • Having a urinary tract infection (UTI). Cystometry should not be done if you have a UTI.
  • Straining when urinating.
  • Not being able to urinate while sitting or lying down.
  • Not being able to urinate in front of other people.
  • Taking medicines, such as antihistamines and cough and cold medicines, that interfere with your bladder function.
  • Having surgery for a spinal cord injury within 6 to 8 weeks before this test.

What To Think About

Since the results of cystometry are often unclear, other tests such as cystourethrogram, intravenous pyelogram (IVP), ultrasound, or cystoscopy may also be needed.

Citations

  1. Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

  • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Current as ofJune 29, 2012
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Last Updated: June 29, 2012
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