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Autoimmune Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Research

Botox Could Aid Overactive Bladder in MS Patients

Many people, including those with the autoimmune condition Multiple Sclerosis, find that their bladder becomes troublesome at some point in their lives. The bladder has complex nerve controls which are easily disrupted. This can lead to an overactive or “unstable” bladder, which needs emptying very often and in a hurry. If a toilet is not reached in time, urge incontinence can result. Alternatively, nerve damage can mean that the bladder does not empty properly, leading to overflow incontinence and other possible bladder problems or a bladder which fluctuates between the two patterns. Current management of this condition includes medications to relax the bladder and use of a catheter to regularly empty the bladder. ( Source: Multiple Sclerosis Resource Center)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox injection to treat urinary incontinence in people with neurologic conditions such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis who have over activity of the bladder.

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