- Spånberg, Anders, et al.
QUANTIFICATION OF URETHRAL FUNCTION BASED ON GRIFFITHS MODEL OF FLOW THROUGH ELASTIC TUBES
Ingår i: Neurourology and Urodynamics. - : Wiley. - 0733-2467 .- 1520-6777. ; 8:1, s. 29-52
- Griffiths' model of flow-through elastic tubes makes it possible to relate the elastic properties of the flow-controlling zone to the pressure/flow relation of the urethra. In this work the pressure function p(A) = Pmo + Kn An, where A is cross-sectional area, Pmo the minimal opening pressure, and Kn and n parameters describing urethral distensibility, describes the elastic properties of the flow-controlling zone. By curve-fitting in the pressure/flow plot, the three parameters pmo, Kn, and n can be estimated analytically. Using this model it is possible to identify three different biomechanical changes that may cause obstruction. First, pmo may be elevated. Second, the urethra can be distended to a certain area only, corresponding to high values of Kn and n. Third, the urethra can be distended but a higher-than-normal pressure increase above Pmo is needed, Kn is high, and n is low. With this model it is possible to quantify urethral function for both scientific and clinical purposes.