This manuscript reviews recent technological advances in ambulatory urodynamics.
Ambulatory urodynamics is currently recommended by the International Continence Society as a second-line diagnostic tool in patients with nondiagnostic traditional urodynamics. Novel techniques involving telemetric monitoring are in development, which utilize catheter-free wireless systems to address several recognized shortcomings of inoffice urodynamic studies. Current research in catheter-free bladder pressure measurements involves either an intravesical, intradetrusor, or transdetrusor approach. Real-time bladder volume estimation may be performed using ultrasonography, near-infrared spectroscopy, or bladder volume conductance measurement. Ambulatory urodynamics can measure bladder function in the "real world" setting, capturing physiological bladder filling and emptying and allowing patients to reproduce the activities that may trigger their symptoms. Telemetric devices being developed represent further advances in this field and focus upon improving diagnostic capabilities, evaluating patient response to treatment, and facilitating closed-loop bladder control with neuroprosthetic integration.
Current urology reports. 2020 Aug 18*** epublish ***
Neil J Kocher, Margot S Damaser, Bradley C Gill
Cleveland Clinic, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Cleveland, OH, USA., Cleveland Clinic, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Cleveland, OH, USA. .