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Review of the epidemiology of overactive bladder

Authors Eapen R, Radomski S

Received 14 December 2015

Accepted for publication 22 March 2016

Published 6 June 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 71—76

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RRU.S102441

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jan Colli


Renu S Eapen, Sidney B Radomski

Division of Urology, Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract: Overactive bladder (OAB) is common in both men and women. It is a symptom complex that causes significant detriment to quality of life in patients. Although the prevalence of OAB is similar in both sexes, there are sex-specific differences in individual symptoms and the impact on quality of life. The coexistence of benign prostatic hyperplasia with OAB can worsen quality of life in men. This review examines the major studies that looked at the epidemiology of OAB as it relates to both sexes. It focuses on both the overall prevalence rates and the incidence of individual symptoms. This paper also addresses the level of bother and quality of life in men and women with OAB. In addition, the relationship between OAB and benign prostatic hyperplasia is reviewed.

Keywords: overactive bladder, prevalence, sex, LUTS, BPH, quality of life

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