Millions of people with bladder weakness can finally be saved shame thanks to new diagnostic test.
One in five people has an overactive bladder, which means that he often has to go to the toilet or that he leaks.
Scientists are now one step closer to developing a game changer test that will diagnose the problem faster.
They have identified urinary chemicals that are caused by an overactive bladder that could be picked up by something that looks like a pregnancy test.
Diagnosing an overactive bladder is a cumbersome process because the symptoms are similar to other conditions, leading to a series of expensive tests.
But treatment with speed would aggravate the condition. It is not uncommon for patients to wear sanitary pads in their underwear to resolve leaks.
Scientists at the University of Portsmouth are one step closer to developing a ‘game-changer’ test that diagnoses an overactive bladder faster and slows the progress of the disease. One in five people has an overactive bladder
Dr. John Young and Dr. Sepinoud Firouzmand, both at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, published their research in Nature’s Scientific Reports.
Dr. Young, who led the investigation, said, “The first step was to identify urine-specific chemicals for an overactive bladder.
‘The next step is to develop a gadget for use in general practitioners, pharmacies and nursing homes or care homes that is easy to use and accurate and does not need to be sent to a laboratory for processing.
“If it was successful, it would save millions of patients from painful procedures and wait a long time for a diagnosis.
“This is the first step in transforming the lives of millions of people who suffer in silence, too embarrassed to go out or even talk about their condition.
“It’s not too strong to say that this can be a game changer.”
If clinical trials confirm the development, the test could begin treatment of the condition much earlier.
Urinary tract disorders, including bladder control problems, affect 20 percent of the population as a whole. By the age of 50, one in three people will have a urinary tract disease.
Diagnosing an overactive bladder – when a patient has to urinate very often, even at night – is usually a lengthy process.
Doctors must exclude a wide range of possible diseases and conditions with the same symptoms, including some cancers, type 2 diabetes, cystitis and a urinary tract infection.
Tests for bladder function, which require a referral to a specialist, include an ultrasound in which a thin tube is inserted into the urethra and into the bladder to measure how much urine remains after urination.
Although it is expensive for health care providers such as the NHS, it can be extremely painful and painful for the patient.
By the time a diagnosis returns, the health of patients is often deteriorated.
The dipstick test that Dr. Young and colleagues suggest it costs around £ 10, potentially saving millions of pounds.
It would only take a few minutes to give an accurate result.
“It would be as simple as a pregnancy test,” Dr. said. Young.
‘Effective treatment is early treatment. If it remains untreated, the bladder may change. Extra nerves, blood vessels and cells grow, making them smaller than before.
“It’s not good enough that so many millions of people feel compelled to isolate themselves at home and avoid all social interaction, with a condition that, if caught early, has treatments that can help.”
Treatment can start immediately, long before a barrage of debilitating symptoms that can make patients feel isolated because they are worried about getting wet in public.