Revista do Hospital das Clínicas
versión impresa ISSN 0041-8781
ROVNER, Eric S. et al. Evaluation and treatment of the overactive bladder. Rev. Hosp. Clin. [online]. 2002, vol.57, n.1, pp. 39-48. ISSN 0041-8781. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0041-87812002000100007.
The overactive bladder is characterized by symptoms of frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence, substantially affecting the quality of life of millions of people throughout the world. The symptoms are associated with significant social, psychological, occupational, domestic, physical, and sexual problems. Despite the considerable impact of this condition on quality of life, sufferers are often unwilling to discuss their problem with family members or health care professionals. This situation is unfortunate, for much can be done to alleviate the symptoms of this distressing condition. It is therefore of utmost importance that medical education about symptoms of the overactive bladder and other related problems be improved to help health care professionals identify and treat patients who will benefit from therapy. This article reviews current thinking regarding definition, epidemiology, quality of life effects, evaluation, and management of the overactive bladder.
Palabras llave : Bladder diseases; Urinary incontinence; Urodynamics.