Quality of life in women with multiple sclerosis and overactive bladder syndrome

Giuseppe Quarto, Riccardo Autorino, Antonio Gallo, Marco Sio, Massimo D'Armiento, Sisto Perdonà, Rocco Damiano

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) on the quality of life (QoL) in female patients with or without multiple sclerosis (MS) and their correlation with findings from urodynamics (UDS). We enrolled 107 female patients with clinically definite MS and urinary symptoms of OAB. One-hundred female patients with similar OAB symptoms were used as a control group. Data on OAB symptoms, onset and progression, and results of any previous investigation were obtained, and any urinary complications were documented. A complete UDS investigation was performed. Health status assessment was obtained using the Kings Health Questionnaire. Results showed that urinary symptoms had a greater impact on the QoL in patients with MS. Nevertheless, the perception of the severity of these symptoms was minor in the MS group compared to the control group. No significant correlations were found between the dysfunctions as detected by UDS and the OAB symptoms in both groups. Recurrent urinary tract infections represented the main complication in the study population. In conclusion, OAB symptoms have a major impact on the QoL in patients with MS, even if their perception of QoL impairment remains limited. Optimal management in these subjects should include a complete UDS assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire
  • Urinary symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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