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[Magnet stimulation therapy: a simple solution for the treatment of stress and urge incontinence?]

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AIM: Magnet stimulation therapy has been offered as a new, conservative therapy for stress and urge incontinence in Germany since 2001. Focussed, pulsating magnetic fields are used to stimulate the musculature of the floor of the pelvis. This publication describes our initial experience with this method. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We treated 27 patients with magnetic stimulation. The individual patient sits clothed on a therapy-chair and is treated for 20 min twice a week for 2 weeks. RESULTS: The best results were recorded in female patients with grades I and II stress incontinence who could not actively flex their pelvic-floor musculature during physiotherapy. A marked reduction in the frequency of micturition was obtained in 67% of patients with urge incontinence symptoms and non-responsiveness to anticholinergic therapy. Patients with a non-organically tangible pelvic-pain-syndrome did not benefit from the therapy. CONCLUSIONS: Magnet stimulation therapy can act as a useful addition to conservative therapies for stress and urge incontinence. It is free of complications and does not involve the insertion of an electrode into the patient as is the case for vaginal and anal electrostimulation. However, this method does not appear to be useful for chronic, non-specific pain in the lower pelvis.

Author:

Kirschner-Hermanns, R. and Jakse, G.

Year:

2003

Volume:

42

Pages:

819-22--

Keywords:

Adult

Comment:

Kirschner-Hermanns, R Jakse, G English Abstract Germany Der Urologe. Ausg. A Urologe A. 2003 Jun;42(6):819-22. Epub 2003 Jan 17.

Address:

Urologische Klinik, Universitatsklinikum, RWTH Aachen.

Book title:

Urologe A

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