National and International Guidelines for Overactive Bladder



Overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome is an extremely prevalent and bothersome condition. Various providers from many fields, including primary care, geriatrics, neurology, gynecology, and urology, are involved in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of patients who present with symptoms of OAB. Several urologic, urogynecologic, geriatric societies and other organizations have developed guidelines for the evaluation and pharmacologic treatment of OAB. Guidelines are developed to facilitate the care of “index” patients by making recommendations based on grading the evidence in the current literature, with the goal of avoiding inconsistencies and biases. This chapter aims to review the current national and international guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of OAB. Generally, the guidelines agree with regard to recommendations for a basic initial evaluation with a limited role for invasive testing in the uncomplicated patient and conservative treatments for first-line therapy and pharmacotherapy as effective second-line therapy. There are slightly more heterogeneous recommendations for invasive therapies for OAB. This chapter reviews the recommendations relating to pharmacotherapy specifically.


Overactive bladder Urgency Urgency urinary incontinence Urinary bladder Detrusor overactivity Guidelines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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