I am very pleased to introduce this textbook on urodynamics entitled Urodynamic Evaluation and Its Clinical Application. This is a complete review of the field and will answer many of the questions that the reader may have regarding many aspects of lower urinary tract dysfunction in men, women, and children.
The book is well organized in the approach. The basic aspects are reviewed in the chapters covering physiology and pharmacology. Auxiliary methods of evaluation including pad tests, voiding diary, postvoid residual, and imaging are then discussed. All of the different urodynamic tests, from basic to advanced, are then presented. Non-invasive urodynamics are reviewed and quality control in testing are addressed in separate chapters. Readers are then given information on how to build a UrodynamicLaboratory.
Clinical problems in which Urodynamics have been applied are covered in detail. The impact of urinary incontinence on quality of life is presented. Problems in childhood such as enuresis, myelomeningocele, infravesical obstruction are reviewed. Neurological disorders and sexuality are discussed. Common disorders in adults such as BPO, postprostatectomy incontinence, OAB and current treatment modalities are examined. Female urologic disorders including stress incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and outlet obstruction are brought into focus. The challenging topic of Incontinence in the Elderly is presented in the final chapter.
This is the 4th edition of the book and the Editor, Carlos Arturo Levi D’Ancona should be congratulated for bringing together such a talented array of authors who have addressed these clinically relevant topics.