Repeat periods of electrical stimulation prolong the modulation of the micturition reflex in the rat

The aim of this study was to determine if the duration of the micturition reflex modulation could be prolonged by repeated periods of afferent stimulation in the decorticated rat.

Eighteen female Sprague-Dawley rats were used for the study, 10 for intravesical electrical stimulation (IVES), and 8 for Ano-genital pudendal afferents stimulation. Repeated constant flow cystometries were performed with body-warm saline (0.06-0.1 mL/min) at about 10 min interval. The selected afferents were stimulated continuously for 5 min at maximal intensity. The same stimulation was repeated six times with a pause of 5 min between the stimulations. The mean threshold volume of cystometries performed during one hour before and each hour after the stimulation were compared.

After six periods of IVES, the micturition threshold volume decreased to its lowest value (62% of control) during the first hour and remained at 80% 4 h later (n = 10, P < 0.01). Ano-genital afferent stimulation produced a corresponding increase in the micturition threshold volume. The long-lasting poststimulation effect was again observed for more than 5 h. During the first hour the mean threshold volume increased to 211% of controls and it remained at about this level for the entire observation period (n = 8, P < 0.01).

Repeated short periods of stimulation prolonged the modulatory effect well beyond the stimulation period. The findings provide experimental evidence supporting the clinical application of IVES and ano-genital stimulation for treatment of neurogenic urinary bladder dysfunction.

Neurourology and urodynamics. 2018 Jul 27 [Epub ahead of print]

Hui Chen, Jianwen Zeng, Peng Zeng, Chonghe Jiang, Keji Xie, Sivert Lindström

Department of Urology, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Qingyuan, China., Department of Urology, Guangzhou First People's Hospital, Guangzhou, China., Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden.