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Rev Urol. 2002;4 Suppl 1:S36-43.

Neuromodulation for the treatment of refractory interstitial cystitis.


Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a symptom complex of urinary urgency, frequency and pelvic pain. Multimodality behavioral and phamacologic treatment is often effective in treating IC. Unfortunately, some patients with IC are refractory to standard treatments. Neuromodulation has been shown to be effective in treating voiding dysfunction. Small studies have demonstrated improvement in pelvic pain and IC symptoms during temporary sacral nerve stimulation. This current study demonstrates that patients refractory to traditional therapies for IC can respond well to sacral nerve stimulation and maintain improvement in symptoms after permanent implantation of a neurogenerator. The technique used to place the neurostimulator can impact on the degree of the response and the complication rate. Sacral neurostimulation continues to evolve and should be in the armamentarium available to treat voiding dysfunction.

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