Additional value of triple-sensor urethral catheter in demonstrating urethral pressure variations during filling cystometry

M. T. Kummeling*, E. Bovelander, J. I. van Uhm, G. A. van Koeveringe, H. W. Elzevier, H. Putter, P. M. Groenendijk

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Aims During filling cystometry, urethral pressure variations (UPV) can be observed. The clinical relevance and a clear definition of this phenomenon are still a matter of debate. For further research and definition of UPV, it is important to determine how this condition can best be demonstrated. The purpose of this study is to compare continuous urethral pressure measurements with a single urethral-sensor catheter and a triple urethral-sensor catheter in demonstrating UPV. Methods Seventy-five adult female patients requiring urodynamic investigation enrolled in this prospective study. All patients underwent two series of filling and voiding cystometry. One series was performed with a dual-air balloon sensor urodynamic catheter, the other series with a triple urethral-sensor catheter. UPV were defined as urethral pressure drop exceeding 30 cmH2O. Results The prevalence of UPV was 37.3% (28 out of 75 patients), more common than detrusor overactivity. The triple urethral-sensor catheter was more sensitive than the single urethral-sensor catheter: In eight patients UPV were demonstrated with both catheters and in 18 patients only in the measurement with the triple urethral-sensor catheter. This difference in detection was significant (P <.001). Conclusion There is an additional value in measurement with the triple urethral-sensor catheter for demonstration of UPV during filling cystometry. Currently, continuous measurement of urethral pressure during filling cystometry and UPV is not defined within International Continence Society terminology. The single urethral-sensor catheter is useful for a start, however, it demonstrates less than half of all UPV

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2368-2373
Number of pages6
JournalNeurourology and Urodynamics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • LUTS
  • urethral disease
  • analysis
  • urethral pressure
  • urodynamics

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