The Management of the Pediatric Neurogenic Bladder

Neurogenic bladder is a heterogeneous entity that may result from a variety of conditions affecting the central or peripheral nervous systems. Regardless of etiology, the overall goals of management are primarily twofold. As a neurogenic bladder may affect the ability to store urine safely and to empty the bladder efficiently, early management is focused on optimization of bladder storage function to prevent irreversible injury to either the upper or lower urinary tracts. In older children, this goal is added to the challenge of maximizing quality of life through achievement of urinary continence and independence in bladder management that continues into the transition to adulthood. In this review, we seek to bring the reader up-to-date regarding management of the pediatric neurogenic bladder with a focus on literature published in the past year. We discuss key contributions related to fetal intervention for myelomeningocele, monitoring and medical management of the neurogenic bladder and prediction of postoperative outcomes. Put together, these studies highlight the continued need for further research to improve evidence-based medical and surgical decision-making strategies for children affected by neurogenic bladder.

Current bladder dysfunction reports. 2016 Jul 02 [Epub]

Renea M Sturm, Earl Y Cheng

Division of Urology, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave, Box 24, Chicago, IL 60611 USA ; Department of Urology, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, 303 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 USA.