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Urol Ann. 2019 Apr-Jun;11(2):132-134. doi: 10.4103/UA.UA_133_18.

Lower urinary tract symptoms and feeling of incomplete emptying in Saudi Arabian men and its correlation with postvoid residual urine.

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Department of Urology, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.



This study was conducted to assess the clinical value of postvoid residual (PVR) urine measurement and associate it with the feeling of incomplete emptying in men with lower urinary tract symptoms.


Two hundred men were surveyed in the King Fahd Hospital of the University. Patients who had previous urological surgery and patients who are currently on urology treatment were excluded. Information from the remaining 181 patients was analyzed. International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) sheets were filed, and then, the PVR was measured.


Data from IPSS sheets were evaluated: 45 patients (24.8%) were characterized as experiencing no symptoms (Score: 0 and 1), 87 (48%) as mild-to-moderate symptoms (Score: 2 and 3), and 49 (27%) as severe symptoms (Score: 4 and 5). The PVR measurement showed no statistical difference in all three categories (being 10, 13, and 12, respectively). Feeling of incomplete emptying despite little PVR was frequently observed.


The study concluded that the feeling of incomplete emptying was poorly correlated with PVR urine volume measurement. This feeling was significantly associated with worsening of both voiding and storage symptoms.


International prostate symptom score; lower urinary tract symptoms; postvoid residual urine measurement

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