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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 73

of 'Management of bladder dysfunction in children'

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for refractory daytime urinary urge incontinence.
Hagstroem S, Mahler B, Madsen B, Djurhuus JC, Rittig S
J Urol. 2009;182(4 Suppl):2072.
PURPOSE: We studied the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in children with overactive bladder and treatment refractory daytime urinary incontinence.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 27 children 5 to 14 years old with daytime urge incontinence refractory to timer assisted standard urotherapy and anticholinergics who had normal urinalysis, and unremarkable urinary tract ultrasound and physical examination. Study exclusion criteria were bladder underactivity, lower urinary tract obstruction, ongoing defecation disorders, lower urinary tract surgery and previous transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. After a 2-week run-in of standard urotherapy the children underwent natural fill ambulatory urodynamics to confirm detrusor overactivity. Subsequently they were randomly allocated to 4 weeks of 2 hours of daily active or placebo S2-S3 transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. The severity of incontinence and urgency, and 48-hour bladder diaries were recorded before randomization and during intervention week 4. Children withdrew from anticholinergics throughout the study period.
RESULTS: Two children were excluded from randomization due to urodynamic signs of lower urinary tract obstruction. After 4 weeks of intervention 8 children (61%) in the active group showed a significant decrease in incontinence severity but this occurred in only 2 (17%) in the sham treated group (p<0.05). The active group had a significantly greater decrease in daily incontinence episodes compared to the sham treated group (p<0.01). Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation did not alter maximal and average voided volumes.
CONCLUSIONS: Sacral transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation seems superior to placebo for refractory daytime incontinence in children with overactive bladder. This effect does not seem to be a consequence of improved bladder reservoir function.
Institute of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Aarhus, Denmark. hagstroem@ki.au.dk