Pediatric voiding dysfunction responds equally to biofeedback or TENS

  • Dos Reis JN & al.
  • Neurourol Urodyn
  • 25 Apr 2019

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • Both biofeedback and parasacral transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are equally effective for treating nonneurogenic voiding dysfunction in children.

Why this matters

  • TENS can be administered at home without the assistance of the health professional.

Study design

  • Researchers studied children with dysfunctional voiding or overactive bladder (N=64; 43 girls; average age, 9.39 years), randomly assigning them to treatment with either biofeedback or parasacral TENS.
  • Funding: None disclosed.

Key results

  • Voiding diaries, uroflowmetry results, and dysfunctional voiding symptom score questionnaires showed significant improvement in both treatment groups (P<.001>
  • Daytime symptoms at 6 months were similar for both groups, with complete resolution in 54.9% treated with biofeedback and 60.6% treated with TENS (P=.483).
  • Nighttime symptoms at 6 months also were similar for both groups, with complete resolution in 29.6% treated with biofeedback and 25% treated with TENS.

Limitations

  • TENS treatments were provided in a hospital.
  • Urinary tract evaluation was limited to noninvasive tests.

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