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Noninvasive measurement of bladder pressure. Does mechanical interruption of the urinary stream inhibit detrusor contraction?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clive Griffiths, Dr Michael DrinnanORCiD, Peter Ramsden, Rob Pickard


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Purpose: As part of developing a noninvasive method to measure bladder pressure using an inflatable penile cuff, we tested the hypothesis that detrusor contraction is maintained without inhibition during the test. Materials and Methods: Five healthy volunteers and 26 male patients with lower urinary tract symptoms underwent interruption of established urine flow by controlled inflation of a cuff placed around the penis with simultaneous invasive bladder pressure monitoring. After interruption of flow the cuff was rapidly deflated and voiding was allowed to resume. The bladder pressure was recorded before, during and after interruption of flow by cuff inflation. Results: During flow interruption an isovolumetric increase in detrusor pressure was observed. When the cuff was deflated the detrusor pressure quickly returned to preinflation values and urine flow immediately resumed. Intra-abdominal pressure did not change during the cuff inflation cycle. Conclusions: Mechanical interruption of urine flow by controlled inflation of a penile cuff during voiding does not inhibit detrusor contraction. This finding further validates our noninvasive technique of bladder pressure measurement and supports ongoing studies into its clinical usefulness.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McIntosh SL, Griffiths CJ, Drinnan MJ, Robson WA, Ramsden PD, Pickard RS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Urology

Year: 2003

Volume: 169

Issue: 3

Pages: 1003-1006

ISSN (print): 0022-5347

ISSN (electronic): 1527-3792

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1097/01.ju.0000049031.40088.45


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