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Urodynamics is a set of tests used to measure how your child's bladder functions, including how it fills, squeezes, opens and empties. Urodynamics can also diagnose problems such as bladder overactivity or a small-sized bladder. The body structures involved include the bladder, as well as the urethra and the muscles of the pelvic floor. 

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Contact Information

For appointments, please call 1-888-884-BEAR (2327) and for information, call 202-476-5042 and ask to speak with the nurse or nurse practitioner.

If your child's bladder has problems with storing or emptying urine, this may cause urinary wetting, difficulty potty training or an inability to pee completely. Severe bladder dysfunction can cause repeated urinary tract infections, damage to your child’s bladder and/or damage to your child’s kidneys. Sometimes poor bladder function can only be seen by performing urodynamics studies (or tests). 

Your child's healthcare providers will use information gained from urodynamics to create a plan for your child. In some cases, he or she may need medication(s), regular bladder catheterization (“CIC”) and/or surgery to protect the bladder and kidneys.

Conditions for Urodynamics

Conditions for Which Urodynamics May Be Used

Types of Tests

Types of Urodynamics Tests

Urodynamics at Children's National

Who Performs the Test?

What Should You Bring and How Do You Prepare for the Test?

How Can You Talk to Your Child About the Test?

Where Do You Go and When Should You Arrive?

What Happens During the Test

How Do You Receive Your Child's Test Results

Additional Contact Information

For routine questions about urodynamics testing, call 202-476-5042 and ask to speak with the nurse or nurse practitioner.

To let us know that you are late or cannot come on your scheduled testing date, call 202-476-2162.

The Urology Clinic is located on the 4th floor of Children's National Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010.

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