The post-void residual (PVR) urine test measures the amount of urine
left in the bladder after urination.
The test is used to help evaluate:
The amount of leftover (residual) urine can be measured by draining the
bladder with a thin flexible tube (catheter) or by using ultrasound. The
catheter method has a slight risk of causing infection or injury to the tube
leading from the bladder (urethra). But the catheter method is safe when
done carefully. And it may be less expensive than ultrasound.
March 5, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
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