Morbidity of urodynamic investigation in healthy women

Soren Brostrom, P Jennum, G Lose


The morbidity of diagnostic catheterization in healthy women has never been described. In order to further elucidate the natural history of postcystometry bacteriuria we studied a group of healthy women without lower urinary tract symptoms. Thirty female volunteers aged 39-72 years underwent urine sampling prior to and at day 3 after invasive urodynamic evaluation. One case of asymptomatic bacteriuria was detected among pretest samples. On post-test sampling 10 of 29 cultures were positive. With a cut-off level of >10(5) CFU/ml only 2 cases could be classified as significant bacteriuria. Only 1 was symptomatic. The remaining 29 women had no symptoms following the examination. Thus the incidence of lower urinary tract infection was 3.3% following repeated diagnostic catheterization. We concluded that although bacteriuria is common after diagnostic catheterization, it is essentially asymptomatic.

TidsskriftInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)182-4; discussion 184
StatusUdgivet - 2002


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