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Frequent Urination (Women) - Diagnosis

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There are simple tests that can help lead to an understanding of the cause of urinary frequency. A thorough history and physical examination can often give insight to the cause of frequency. A urinalysis is necessary to rule out infection. Occasionally checking how much urine is left behind after urination is performed with a bladder scanner. In some cases, looking in the bladder with a telescope (cystoscopy) is performed to insure there is no evidence of tumors in the bladder wall. If there is concern about cancer in the bladder, urine may be sent to a pathologist to look for abnormal cells (cytology). If the frequency issue is more complex, bladder function can be evaluated with a urodynamic evaluation.