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Post-Void Residual Urine Test

Overview

The post-void residual (PVR) urine test measures the amount of urine left in the bladder after urination.

The test is used to help evaluate:

  • Incontinence (accidental release of urine) in women and men.
  • Urination problems.
  • An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH).

The amount of leftover (residual) urine can be measured by draining the bladder with a thin flexible tube (catheter) or by using ultrasound.

Credits

Current as of: June 16, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
J. Curtis Nickel MD, FRCSC - Urology

 

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