UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Queen Square leads on new UK recommendations for bladder management which can dramatically improve quality of life in Multiple Sclerosis

15 May 2009

Professor Clare Fowler, (Uro-Neurology Department at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and the Institute Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation) lead an expert group which has published a consensus statement of best practice based on an assessment all the current evidence. Bladder problems are a common and distressing aspect of multiple sclerosis. Their management is currently erratic in the UK, although the problems are highly amenable to treatment. Many people with MS stand to benefit if these recommendations are widely adopted.

Professor Fowler said "Urinary incontinence is one of the worst symptoms of MS often leading to people being forced to give up work, or feeling trapped in their homes. Proper management of bladder symptoms at each stage of this variably progressive condition can dramatically improve peoples’ quality of life.”

reference >> Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 2009;80:470-477; doi:10.1136/jnnp.2008.159178
A UK consensus on the management of the bladder in multiple sclerosis
C J Fowler, J N Panicker, M Drake, C Harris, S C W Harrison, M Kirby, M Lucas, N Macleod, J Mangnall, A North, B Porter, S Reid, N Russell, K Watkiss, M Wells

(text derived from MS Trust press release)