Overview of the Epidemiology of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in South Korea

Abstract

This review assessed the epidemiology of voiding dysfunctions in South Korea. Comprehensive understanding of this epidemiology is crucial because the senior population and the social burden are increasing because of voiding dysfunctions is growing. We searched the medical records using several terms related to voiding dysfunction: benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms, overactive bladder, and nocturia. We then estimated the prevalence of voiding dysfunctions in South Korea; our data were comparable with those from other countries, with slight differences. The ranges of incidences varied widely between studies, mostly because investigators defined disorders differently. Voiding dysfunction greatly affects healthcare costs and individual quality of life; therefore, more proper and valuable epidemiologic data are needed. In addition, efforts to unify the definitions of various voiding dysfunctions and progress in investigational methodologies using multimedia are warranted.

DOI: 10.5213/inj.1630502.251

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@inproceedings{Choi2016OverviewOT, title={Overview of the Epidemiology of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in South Korea}, author={Hoon Choi and Jae Hyun Bae}, booktitle={International neurourology journal}, year={2016} }