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Chapter 10 - The Assessment of Urethral Function

Supplementary Investigations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 April 2020

Ranee Thakar
Affiliation:
Croydon University Hospital
Philip Toozs-Hobson
Affiliation:
Birmingham Women’s Hospital
Lucia Dolan
Affiliation:
Belfast City Hospital
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Summary

The urethra is a complex organ essential for the maintenance of urinary continence. It has always been suggested that as long as the urethral pressure exceeds the one generated by the bladder, continence is maintained. This is a plausible explanation when the patient is at rest but cannot fully explain how this pressure differential is maintained during periods of raised intra-abdominal pressure.

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Print publication year: 2020

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