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Suicide in patients with stroke

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7164.1016b (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1016

Depression may be caused by symptoms affecting lower urinary tract

  1. K R Brittain, Research associate,
  2. C M Castleden, Professor
  1. Division of Medicine for the Elderly, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH
  2. Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW
  3. Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT

    EDITOR—In their paper on suicide in patients with stroke Stenager et al commented on the prevalence of depression after stroke.1 If the underlying causes of this depression can be elucidated and treated then the risk of suicide may be lowered.

    One such cause may be symptoms affecting the lower urinary tract (urinary incontinence, frequency, nocturia, and urgency), as self reported depression is related to such symptoms.2 A total of 3592 questionnaires that …

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