Uroflowmetry: Evaluating Urinary Function (at the doctor’s)

uroflowmetry at doctor's
uroflowmetry at doctor's

Uroflowmetry is a diagnostic test. Healthcare providers use uroflowmetry to assess various aspects of urinary function. They are volume of urine released, the speed of urine flow and the duration of urination. Procedure is non-invasive. It provides valuable information for you and healthcare providers.

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Procedure and Preparation

During the uroflowmetry test, you urinate into a specially designed urinal or toilet equipped with a measuring device. Once you are ready, the machine is activated, and you can begin urinating. After you have finished, the machine generates a report for your healthcare provider to analyze.

To ensure accurate results, your healthcare provider may advise you to temporarily discontinue certain medications that could potentially affect the outcome of the test. It is also recommended to have a full bladder before undergoing uroflowmetry. Refrain from urinating for at least 2 hours prior to the test and drink plenty of fluids to ensure an adequate amount of urine for measurement. It is important not to place any toilet tissue in the test machine, as this may interfere with the accuracy of the results.

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Sensation and Purpose

The uroflowmetry test involves normal urination, and you should not experience any discomfort or pain during the procedure. The primary purpose of this test is to evaluate the functionality of your urinary system. Most commonly, individuals undergoing uroflowmetry report concerns related to slow urination.

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Interpreting the Results

Normal uroflowmetry values can vary based on age and sex. In males, urine flow generally decreases with age, while females tend to experience less significant changes. Here are the average flow rates for different age groups:

  • Ages 4 to 7: The average flow rate for both males and females is 10 mL/sec.
  • Ages 8 to 13: The average flow rate for males is 12 mL/sec, while females have an average flow rate of 15 mL/sec.
  • Ages 14 to 45: The average flow rate for males is 21 mL/sec, and females have an average flow rate of 18 mL/sec.
  • Ages 46 to 65: The average flow rate for males is 12 mL/sec, and females have an average flow rate of 18 mL/sec.
  • Ages 66 to 80: The average flow rate for males is 9 mL/sec, while females maintain an average flow rate of 18 mL/sec.

Abnormal results from uroflowmetry should be interpreted in conjunction with your symptoms and physical examination. The test helps identify potential issues such as weak or malfunctioning circular muscles that regulate urine flow, which can lead to increased urine flow or urinary incontinence. Conversely, a decrease in urine flow may indicate bladder outlet obstruction or weakness of the bladder muscle. Additionally, some providers include ultrasound measurements and utilize data to assess the amount of residual urine remaining in the bladder after urination.

If the results are abnormal, your healthcare provider will thoroughly explain and discuss the findings with you, providing guidance on potential treatment options and next steps.

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Safety and Conclusion

Uroflowmetry is a safe and non-invasive procedure that carries no inherent risks. It provides valuable insights into the functionality of the urinary tract, aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of various urinary conditions. It is one of the first steps in diagnostics.

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