Testing & Diagnosis for Neurogenic Bladder in Children

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The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. The symptoms of neurogenic bladder often resemble those of other health conditions, so your child's physician will need to take a complete medical history and do a careful physical examination to rule out other medical issues. Specific diagnostic procedures for neurogenic bladder may include:

  • A urodynamics study: Your child's bladder will be filled with warm saltwater to assess how the bladder and urethral sphincter function during the stages of bladder filling and emptying. At the same time, bladder volume and pressure are measured, as well as the tone or amount of contraction of the bladder. In some instances, urodynamics testing might include an EMG (an electromyogram using needle electrodes) of the sphincter, performed by a neurologist.

  • Radiologic testing: This includes an ultrasound or a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG), which is an x-ray exam of your child’s bladder and lower urinary tract that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy. This makes it possible to see internal organs in motion.

After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.

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