Urodynamic characterization of lower urinary tract symptoms in women less than 40 years of age

Asha E. Jamzadeh, Donghua Xie, Melissa A. Laudano, Dean S. Elterman, Stephan Seklehner, Lucien Shtromvaser, Richard Lee, Steven A. Kaplan, Alexis E. Te, Renuka Tyagi, Bilal Chughtai

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Introduction: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in young women is becoming a more recognized urologic issue that can arise from many causes, each with their own management strategy. The purpose of this study was to determine the rates of various etiologies for LUTS in women under 40 years of age. Materials and methods: Video urodynamic studies (VUDS) were performed in 70 women age 40 years or less with LUTS for greater than 6 months between March 2005 and June 2012 at Weill Cornell Medical College. Patients with culture-proven bacterial urinary tract infections, pelvic organ prolapse greater than grade I, symptoms for less than 6 months, a history of neurologic disease, or previous urological surgery affecting voiding function, were excluded from the analysis. Results: The mean age of the patients was 31.95 ± 5.57. There were 48 patients that presented with more than one urinary symptom (68.57%). The most frequent complaints included: urinary frequency (n = 42, 34.15%), incontinence (n = 26, 21.14%), and urinary urgency (n = 22, 17.89%). The most common urodynamic abnormality was dysfunctional voiding (n = 25, 28.74%), detrusor overactivity (n = 15, 20.00%), bladder outlet obstruction (n = 8, 11.43%). There were no significant differences seen in complaints or AUA symptom and quality of life scores across diagnosis groups. Conclusions: Persistent LUTS can present in younger women with an unclear etiology, which may be characterized using VUDS. The most common etiology found is dysfunctional voiding followed by detrusor overactivity. This study shows that the etiology can be more accurately determined using VUDs, which can assist in management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7460-7464
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Urology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Bladder outlet obstruction
  • Dysfunctional voiding
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Urodynamics
  • Young women


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