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