Research Article

Dorsal column stimulation in multiple sclerosis: effects on bladder and long term findings.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 17 September 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:793
  1. C H Hawkes,
  2. R Beard,
  3. D Fawcett,
  4. E A Paul,
  5. D G Thomas


    The effect of dorsal column stimulation on bladder function in 15 patients with established multiple sclerosis was analysed by urodynamic tests. Significant improvement in flow rate and urethral sphincter pressure was recorded in about two thirds. Of 31 patients examined over five years only 13 showed initial benefit from stimulation and were given permanent stimulators; of these, only three appeared to receive lasting benefit. Early complications occurred in nine patients and five had a relapse of their disease. These results suggest that at present stimulation of the dorsal column does not have a place in the routine management of multiple sclerosis.