Incontinence Following Bladder Neck Reconstruction-Is There a Role for Endoscopic Management?

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  • Purpose: Little has been reported concerning the efficacy of endoscopic injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid for the treatment of residual incontinence following bladder neck reconstruction. We present the experience of 2 institutions using endoscopic submucosal injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid to correct incontinence in patients who had previously undergone bladder neck reconstruction with or without concomitant enterocystoplasty. Materials and Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed with patient demographics, indications for treatment and outcomes recorded. All patients had adequate bladder capacity and compliance on maximized medical therapy before injection. Continence was defined as at least a 3-hour daytime dry interval, while improvement was defined as an increase in the daytime dry interval to at least 2 hours. Results: A total of 14 patients (10 females and 4 males) underwent 21 injections. At a median followup of 17 months 10 patients had successful results (6 continent, 4 improved). Conclusions: Endoscopic injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid to correct incontinence following bladder neck reconstruction appears safe and can increase the daytime dry interval in more than 70% of carefully selected patients. Continued followup is necessary to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of this treatment. © 2007 American Urological Association.
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  • Kitchens DM; Minevich E; DeFoor WR; Reddy PP; Wacksman J; Koyle MA; Sheldon CA
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  • 302
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  • 177
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