Transmission of penile cuff pressure to the penile urethra

Michael J. Drinnan, Wendy Robson, Monica Reddy, Robert S. Pickard, Peter D. Ramsden, Clive J. Griffiths

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We developed a noninvasive method to measure voiding bladder pressure by inflating a penile cuff to interrupt flow. We tested the underlying assumption that cuff pressure is transmitted to the penile urethra.

Materials and Methods:
In 35 men we simultaneously recorded penile cuff and urethral pressure during 2 experimental protocols for 6 cuffs of various widths and manufactures. Initially a urethral pressure transducer was placed at the mid point of the cuff and urethral pressure was continuously recorded during cuff inflation. In experiment 2 cuff pressure was set at 120 cm. water and the urethral pressure profile was measured by withdrawing the urethral transducer through the cuff width.

There was excellent agreement of cuff with urethral pressure over the range of 0 to 200 cm. water for cuffs 37 to 54 mm. wide. Narrower cuffs showed wider variation with less efficient transmission of cuff pressure to the urethral lumen. Similarly maximum pressure in the urethral pressure profile showed best agreement for cuffs 38 and 46 mm. wide. Wider cuffs produced higher and narrower cuffs produced lower transmitted pressure within the urethra. Cuff performance was also related to penile size. Results had good within-subject repeatability.

We demonstrated that pressure transmission from cuff to urethra is optimal at a cuff width of 40 to 50 mm. and recommended this width for other investigations of noninvasive bladder pressure measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2545-2549
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


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