A medical history is the most important part of the examination for
urinary incontinence. During the medical history, your doctor will
ask you to describe:
Your doctor will ask questions about your general
health and specific questions about your urinary and reproductive tracts,
nervous system to find clues to the cause of the
incontinence. He or she will also ask about conditions that are related to
Symptoms and conditions that often are related to incontinence also
will be investigated, such as:
A physical exam often includes a thorough abdominal,
rectal, and genital examination. The doctor:
A history and physical exam are usually done for everyone who sees
the doctor about urinary incontinence.
The medical history is very important and can determine some causes
Be certain to tell your doctor about all prescription
and nonprescription medicines you are taking.
The physical exam sometimes can identify abnormalities in the
prostate, abdomen, or nervous system that may be causing incontinence or
contributing to it. Findings from the physical exam help your doctor know whether
further testing is needed.
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July 17, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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