, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 373-377

International Continence Society 2002 terminology report: have urogynecological conditions (diagnoses) been overlooked?

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A comparison of the 2002 International Continence Society (ICS) Terminology Standardization Report [1] with its predecessor [2] reveals obvious discrepancies and ambiguities in the former. Seriously affected is the urogynecology terminology for “conditions” (diagnoses). ICS terminology is currently used as a reference by the International Urogynecological Association, the American Urogynecological Society, the European Urogynecological Association and many other national urogynecological and gynecological groups.

In the earlier document [2], there are clear definitions for the conditions (some alternatively called dysfunctions, though still representing diagnoses). All of these required urodynamic investigations. They included genuine stress incontinence, detrusor instability and sensory urgency. Genuine stress incontinence and detrusor instability have been denoted in the Report [1] as having been replaced by the terms urodynamic stress incontinence and detrusor overactivit