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In our state-of-the-art video-urodynamics and voiding dysfunction laboratory, Connecticut Children’s urologists perform studies to evaluate voiding dysfunction such as urinary incontinence, urinary retention, overactive bladder, and urinary tract infection. Urodynamic testing is frequently recommended annually for children with spina bifida or spinal cord injuries.

Urodynamic testing shows:

  • How much urine a child’s bladder holds
  • How to best manage problems with wetting
  • What happens in a child’s bladder as it fills with urine
  • What happens in a bladder as the child urinates
  • Changes in bladder function from year to year
  • Risks for developing kidney problems in the future
  • How the muscles that help hold urine in the bladder and help control urination work

Testing may also include Uroflow evaluation, in which a pediatric patient is asked to use a special toilet that is connected to a computer to measure his or her urinary flow rate and voiding pattern. Additional innovative techniques include computer-assisted biofeedback and botulinum toxin treatments to aid with lower urinary tract dysfunction.

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