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Res Rep Urol. 2016 Jul 27;8:113-22. doi: 10.2147/RRU.S93636. eCollection 2016.

Evaluation and management of overactive bladder: strategies for optimizing care.

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Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

Abstract

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting millions of men and women worldwide. It is an embarrassing condition with far-reaching consequences. Although many treatment options exist, no single treatment has been proven to be most effective. Often a combination of therapy is required to successfully manage OAB symptoms. In this review, we provide an overview of OAB, including risk factors for development of OAB; keys to diagnosis; therapeutic options including conservative and medical management, as well as treatments for refractory OAB; when to consider referral to a specialist; and resources for clinicians and patients. The aim of this review is to inform clinicians regarding OAB management in order to improve patient counseling and care.

KEYWORDS:

bladder training; lifestyle modifications; overactive bladder; urge incontinence; urinary incontinence

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