A medical history is the most important part of the examination for urinary incontinence. During the medical history, your doctor will ask you to describe:
Your doctor will ask questions about your general health and specific questions about your urinary and reproductive tracts, intestines, and nervous system to find clues to the cause of the incontinence. He or she will also ask about conditions that are related to incontinence, including:
Symptoms and conditions that often are related to incontinence also will be investigated, such as:
A physical examination often includes a thorough abdominal, rectal, and genital examination. The doctor:
A history and physical examination are usually done for everyone who sees the doctor about urinary incontinence.
The medical history is very important and can determine some causes of incontinence.
Be certain to tell your doctor about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking.
The physical examination sometimes can identify abnormalities in the prostate, abdomen, or nervous system that may be causing incontinence or contributing to it. Findings from the physical examination help your doctor know whether further testing is needed.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineBrian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Current as ofAugust 12, 2016
Current as of: August 12, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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