For recurring UTIs, health care providers may order one or more of the following tests to find out if the urinary tract is normal:1
For information about UTIs in children, visit http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/utichildren/index.aspx.
To diagnose UI, health care providers begin by taking a medical history and asking about symptoms. They often ask patients to keep a bladder diary to track patterns of voiding (urinating) and leaking episodes. The diary can help a health care provider understand the cause of the problem and how best to treat it.
Information collected in a bladder diary typically includes times and amounts a patient urinates, straining or discomfort, fluid intake, and when and about how much urine leaks. Health care providers may give patients a special pan that fits over the toilet rim to measure how much they urinate. If the diary, symptoms, and medical history are not enough to diagnose UI, health care providers may recommend other tests. In addition to urodynamics and cystoscopy tests and an ultrasound of the urinary tract, the tests may include:2
For information about UI in men, visit http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/uimen/index.aspx.
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