Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury all involve types of neurological damage that often cause bladder, bowel, and sexual problems. For example, among people with multiple sclerosis, bladder and sexual problems are common (occurring in more than 70% of cases according to some studies).
December's highlight article describes the results from an observational clinical study that followed 22 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) for a period of 16 weeks. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the food supplement D-mannose would be feasible and safe for use as a prophylactic treatment for recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI).
November's highlight article describes the outcome of a health-economic evaluation, comparing hydrophilic-coated with non-coated catheters for intermittent catheterization. The study uses computer modeling to simulate a population with life-long intermittent catheter use.
The results show that from the age of 40, the life-long use of hydrophilic-coated instead of non-coated catheters avoids on average 18 complications per patient and reduces healthcare costs by $10,184 per patient. This translates into a quality of life gain of 0.55 quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs).
Welcome to May's Science Alert - a summary of the latest publications within the fields of urology, neurogenic bladder/bowel, bladder management, catheterization, bowel management and irrigation.
This month's highlight article is titled Long-term efficacy and safety of transanal irrigation in multiple sclerosis (Passananti et al. 2016).