In the past, renal failure was the leading cause of death after spinal cord injury (SCI). Today mortality from SCI has declined dramatically partly owing to the improved management of urologic dysfunction associated with SCI. The goals of bladder management in spinal cord injury patients are intended to (1) ensure social continence for reintegration into community, (2) allow low-pressure storage and efficient bladder emptying at low detrusor pressures, (3) avoid stretch injury from repeated overdistension, (4) prevent upper and lower urinary tracts complications from high intravesical pressures, and (5) prevent recurrent urinary tract infections. This article provides an overview of neurogenic bladder dysfunction associated with SCI and current management options.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - May 1 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation