D. Ridder, F. Aa, J. Debruyne
Oct 1, 2013
Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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 inter-disciplinary 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.