Translating promising strategies for bowel and bladder management in spinal cord injury

Exp Neurol. 2018 Aug:306:169-176. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2018.05.006. Epub 2018 May 10.


Loss of control over voiding following spinal cord injury (SCI) impacts autonomy, participation and dignity, and can cause life-threatening complications. The importance of SCI bowel and bladder dysfunction warrants significantly more attention from researchers in the field. To address this gap, key SCI clinicians, researchers, government and private funding organizations met to share knowledge and examine emerging approaches. This report reviews recommendations from this effort to identify and prioritize near-term treatment, investigational and translational approaches to addressing the pressing needs of people with SCI.

Keywords: Bladder; Bowel; Consensus; Recommendation; Spinal cord injury; Translation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Neurogenic Bowel / etiology*
  • Neurogenic Bowel / therapy*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*
  • Urinary Bladder, Neurogenic / etiology*
  • Urinary Bladder, Neurogenic / therapy*