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Effectiveness of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in the treatment of overactive bladder syndrome

Authors de Wall LL, Heesakkers JPFA

Received 29 May 2017

Accepted for publication 10 July 2017

Published 14 August 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 145—157


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jan Colli

Video abstract presented by Liesbeth L de Wall.

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Liesbeth L de Wall, John PFA Heesakkers

Department of Urology, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Abstract: Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) is a common condition affecting adults and children worldwide, resulting in a substantial economic and psychological burden. Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is derived from acupuncture used in Chinese traditional medicine and was first described in the early 1980s. It is a neuromodulation technique used to modulate bladder function and facilitate storage. Being a minimally invasive, easily applicable, but time-consuming treatment, future developments with implantable devices might be the solution for the logistical problems and economic burden associated with PTNS on the long term. This nonsystematic review provides a current overview on PTNS and its effectiveness in the treatment of OAB for both adults and children.

Keywords: overactive bladder, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, neuromodulation, electrical stimulation

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