Consensus guidelines on the neurologist's role in the management of neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction in multiple sclerosis
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. - Assen
, p. 2033-2040
University of Antwerp
Objective: To review current management of neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD) in MS patients and give recommendations on the joint role of the neurologist and urologist in NLUTD management. Methods: An algorithm for evaluation and referral of MS patients to urologists was created. It is an outcome of discussions about current knowledge, existing guidelines, and key issues during two Belgian consensus meetings attended by neurologists, urologists and other stakeholders involved in MS management. At these meetings, updated information on management of NLUTD in MS was exchanged and the neurologists' opinion on how to integrate this in the other aspects of care in MS patients was explored. Results: Short evaluation of NLUTD in MS patients by neurologists and appropriate referral to urologists could accelerate proper diagnosis and treatment. Neurologists can play a central role in the interdisciplinary communication on interactions between disease manifestations of MS and their treatments. Conclusion: The coordinating role of neurologists in NLUTD management may considerably improve QoL in MS patients. More research is needed to evaluate outcomes of urological assessments and treatment. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.