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Treatment of female urinary incontinence with EMG-controlled biofeedback home training.

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Muenchen, Germany.

Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of pelvic floor training with EMG-controlled home biofeedback in the treatment of stress and mixed incontinence in women. Subjects were recruited from the urodynamic outpatient clinic and performed pelvic muscle training with an EMG-controlled biofeedback device for 20 minutes daily for 6 months. The number of pads used per day, the number of incontinence and urgency episodes, voiding frequency, maximum urethral closure pressure, functional urethral length and pressure/transmission ratio during stress were assessed before and after treatment. Thirty-three patients (13 with stress and 20 with mixed incontinence) completed the study. There was a significant decrease in the number of pads used per day, the number of incontinence and urgency episodes, and the voiding frequency. Twenty-eight patients (85%) reported that they were cured or improved. Urodynamic parameters did not change significantly. It was concluded that home pelvic floor training with EMG-controlled biofeedback is efficient in 85% of patients in alleviating the symptoms of genuine stress and mixed incontinence without causing side effects.

PMID:
10207760
DOI:
10.1007/pl00004015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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