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Does intravesical electrostimulation improve neurogenic constipation? A case report

Calabrò, Rocco Salvatore; Marullo, Michelangelo; Gervasi, Giuseppe; Marino, Silvia; Bramanti, Placido

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology: July 2011 - Volume 23 - Issue 7 - p 614–616
doi: 10.1097/MEG.0b013e32834791d0
Case Reports

An elderly patient affected by incomplete cauda equina syndrome underwent intravesical electrostimulation (IVES) to improve impaired bladder emptying. One month after IVES treatment, which consisted of 20 daily sessions, cistometrography evidenced a normalization of urinary pattern and a concomitant, but unexpected, improvement of constipation (Wexner score from 22 to 4).

This report demonstrates that IVES may be considered another viable and less invasive option for controlling constipation secondary to spinal and peripheral nerve lesions.

Neurorehabilitation Unit, IRCCS Centro Neurolesi ‘Bonino-Pulejo’, Messina, Italy

Correspondence to Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, MD, PhD, IRCCS Centro Neurolesi ‘Bonino-Pulejo’, S.S.113 via Palermo, Cda Casazza, 98124 Messina, Italy Tel: +39 090 6012937; fax: +39 090 6012850; e-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.