USA: Etiology of Spinal Cord Injury Affects QOL Outcomes After Bladder Surgery

For patients undergoing urinary diversion for neurogenic bladder (NGB), the postoperative impact on urinary-related quality of life (UrQOL) is milder for spinal cord injury of congenital (C-SCI) etiology versus acquired (A-SCI) etiology, according to a study published online July 1 in PM&R.

João Pedro Emrich Accioly, M.D., from the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and colleagues compared decisional regret and UrQOL in patients undergoing urinary diversion for NGB arising from A-SCI (17 patients with traumatic spinal cord injury) and C-SCI (20 patients with spina bifida) etiologies. A-SCI was compared to C-SCI in terms of decisional regret, UrQOL, and postoperative changes in self-reported physical health, mental health, and pain.

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