Overview

Conventional urodynamics (UDS) has its disadvantages. It is—

• Non-physiological

• Prone to artifacts due to a number of factors

• Requires a laboratory setting of the test with the patient having to void on demand

• Based on rapid bladder filling by an indwelling catheter

• Can overestimate decreased bladder compliance and underdiagnose detrusor overactivity in up to 50% of cases

Ambulatory urodynamics (AUDS) has become an established method of investigating lower urinary tract function in a more physiological manner, by enabling natural bladder filling and allowing the patient to undertake their normal activities to provoke troublesome urinary symptoms.

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