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Basic Sensations Coming From the Bladder

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Maastricht University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 29, 2010
Last updated: April 30, 2010
Last verified: April 2010

A major complication in studies to identify the nature of bladder sensations is language. It is difficult, if not near impossible, for the lay person, with no knowledge of physiology, anatomy or pathology, to put into simple terms a description of basic visceral sensations. Therefore, before the investigators can speculate about the detailed mechanisms generating sensation the investigators must overcome this language and communication difficulty. This will be addressed in the present study.

There are important reasons why the investigators must identify the mechanisms generating the different sensations as the bladder fills. One of them is that these are basic physiological mechanisms which need to be better understood.

Healthy Overactive Bladder Syndrome

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Description of Basic Visceral Sensations Coming From the Bladder

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Further study details as provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • description of bladder sensations

    The primary objective of this experiment is to address how medical students and patients with OAB describe the sensations they feel during the filling phase of the bladder.

    Primary objectives

    • To put into simple terms a description of basic visceral sensations coming from the bladder
    • Describe the pattern of normal sensations during filling

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: April 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Patients with overactive bladder syndrome
Healthy volunteers
Healthy volunteers


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Healthy volunteers

Patients with overactive bladder


Inclusion Criteria:

Healthy volunteers

  • Healthy students from The University of Maastricht well versed in Dutch.


  • Patients with OAB diagnosed by their urologist using the criteria of more than 8 micturitions on three consecutive days. Before the start of any anticholinergic or other therapy. Patients on anticholinergic therapy will be asked to stop this therapy for at least 10 days before they enter the first session.
  • Well versed in Dutch.

Exclusion Criteria:

Healthy volunteers

  • Use of any medication (except oral contraceptives)
  • Surgical history of the abdomen
  • Urinary complaints (e.g. frequency, urgency)
  • Urinary tract infection


  • Congestive heart disease or history of heart failure
  • Presence of urinary tract infection. These patients will be treated by antibiotics.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01114412

Maastricht University Medical Centre
Maastricht, Netherlands, 6202 AZ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Maastricht University Medical Center
Study Director: Gommert A van Koeveringe, MD, PhD, Urologist Maastricht University Medical Centre
  More Information

Responsible Party: G.A. van Koeveringe (MD, PhD, Urologist), Maastricht University Medical Centre Identifier: NCT01114412     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-4-045.8
Study First Received: April 29, 2010
Last Updated: April 30, 2010

Keywords provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:
focus groups
overactive bladder
bladder sensations

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Urinary Bladder, Overactive
Urinary Bladder Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Urological Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on September 21, 2017