28 September 2011
A new study shows that nearly half of all adults over 20 will experience at least one lower urinary tract symptom (LUTS) by 2018.
Doctors across North and South America, Asia and Europe will see an estimated 18 per cent more urology patients, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI.
Lead author Dr Debra E Irwin from the department of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, said: "Our study suggests that urinary and bladder symptoms are already highly prevalent worldwide and that these rates will increase significantly as the population ages."
She added that an increase in symptoms such as incontinence should be treated as a matter of urgency.
Researchers predicted that the worldwide prevalence of LUTS will increase to just under 46 per cent by 2018, affecting 47 per cent of women and 45 per cent of men.
Symptoms of LUTS include poor stream, hesitancy, terminal dribbling, incomplete voiding and overflow incontinence.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
Irwin, Debra, E, et al., "Worldwide prevalence estimates of lower urinary tract symptoms, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence and bladder outlet obstruction", BJUI, October 7th 2011.
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