Fast Five Quiz: Overactive Bladder Differential Diagnosis

Bradley Schwartz, DO


February 26, 2021

A urinalysis and culture (if urinary tract infection is suspected) is indicated in patients being evaluated for OAB. Urinalysis is used to exclude microhematuria, pyuria, urinary tract infection, and glucosuria. In persons with microhematuria, further evaluation, including urine cytology, is recommended.

According to the AUA/SUFU guidelines, urodynamics, cystoscopy, and diagnostic kidneys and bladder ultrasound should not be used in the initial workup of uncomplicated OAB. These examinations and other procedures should be reserved for refractory or otherwise complicated cases.

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