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Utility of biofeedback for the daytime syndrome of urinary frequency and urgency of childhood.
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PMID:  11306409     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate in a preliminary study the utility of biofeedback for the treatment of the daytime syndrome of urinary frequency and urgency of childhood, a benign, self-limited condition with symptoms that can last for months or years. Observation is a commonly recommended approach to this syndrome because medications and other forms of therapy are often not effective. METHODS: During a 2-year period, 89 children (34 boys and 55 girls) presented with this syndrome. Patient age ranged from 4 to 11 years, and duration of symptoms ranged from 1 to 38 months. All children were evaluated with a history, physical examination, urinalysis and culture, and renal and bladder ultrasound scanning. After the evaluation, the parents were offered either observation or surface patch electromyography biofeedback for the problem. RESULTS: Overall, 84 parents (94.3%) selected biofeedback for their child. After 1 month of biofeedback, 34.5% of children were able to achieve a 2 to 4-hour voiding interval. After 2 to 4 months of biofeedback, another 51.2% of patients experienced the same improvement. Overall, 85.7% of children who underwent biofeedback had symptom improvement. In 14.3% of children, no symptom improvement was noted after 4 months of biofeedback and these children were considered nonresponders. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study suggest that biofeedback may be a treatment option for this disorder and warrants further investigation.
D B Glazier; M K Ankem; V Ferlise; M Gazi; J G Barone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Urology     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1527-9995     ISO Abbreviation:  Urology     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-18     Completed Date:  2001-05-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0366151     Medline TA:  Urology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  791-3; discussion 793-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Urology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Biofeedback, Psychology / methods*
Child, Preschool
Follow-Up Studies
Retrospective Studies
Urination Disorders / therapy*

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