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Scand J Urol Nephrol. 2004;38(2):131-5.

Sacral nerve stimulation for refractory urge symptoms in elderly patients.

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  • 1Sahlgrenska University Hospital Göteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden,.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The presence of an overactive detrusor (OD) is becoming more prevalent in the elderly and may severely influence the social life and activities of daily living in the senior, otherwise healthy, person. There is a marked age-dependent increase in OD above the age of 65 years, which is mainly attributed to dysfunction, with loss of voluntary control, of the micturition reflex and decreased perception of bladder fullness.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Herein, we evaluate the outcome of sacral nerve stimulation in five patients aged >65 years derived from a large, multinational, randomized, prospective study.

RESULTS:

The effect on symptoms was excellent in two subjects. There was a moderate improvement in another subject and a variable but eventually small effect in the remaining two patients. The results appeared to be more favourable in younger patients.

CONCLUSION:

Our findings suggest that the outcome of sacral nerve stimulation is more unpredictable in the elderly, a fact that should be considered when counselling the patient. However, it should be remembered that, even for the older, active person, urge incontinence may have a severe impact on quality of life and that the majority of patients treated with an implant will benefit from this treatment.

PMID:
15204397
DOI:
10.1080/00365590310022680
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