Does intravesical electrostimulation improve neurogenic constipation? A case report

Rocco Salvatore Calabró, Michelangelo Marullo, Giuseppe Gervasi, Silvia Marino, Placido Bramanti

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An elderly patient affected by incomplete cauda equina syndrome underwent intravesical electrostimulation (IVES) to improve impaired bladder emptying. One month after IVES treatment, which consisted of 20 daily sessions, cistometrography evidenced a normalization of urinary pattern and a concomitant, but unexpected, improvement of constipation (Wexner score from 22 to 4). This report demonstrates that IVES may be considered another viable and less invasive option for controlling constipation secondary to spinal and peripheral nerve lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-616
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Constipation
  • Intravesical electrostimulation
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Neurogenic bowel dysfunction
  • Sacral nerve stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology


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