Course of Urological Problems in Children with Spinal Dysraphism: Long-Term Follow-Up Results

Solakhan M., OKTAY K. , Guzel E., Bayrak O., Guzel A.

PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY, vol.55, no.2, pp.101-105, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000509053
  • Page Numbers: pp.101-105
  • Keywords: Spinal dysraphism, Uroflowmetry, Urodynamics, Vesicoureteral reflux, MYELODYSPLASIA, CORD


Background/Aims:We aimed to evaluate the course of urinary problems in children with spinal dysraphism.Methods:This multicenter study evaluated data on pediatric patients diagnosed with spinal dysraphism between 2010 and 2019. The neurological and urological conditions of the patients were examined retrospectively. This study focused on the course of urological problems. Urodynamic examinations including urodynamic bladder capacity, bladder pressure in maximal capacity, compliance, detrusor hyperactivity, uroflowmetry, and residual urine amount were evaluated. All patients underwent urinary system ultrasonography, urinalysis, hemogram and biochemical tests, and urodynamics at admission and follow-ups.Results:A total 62 patients (35 males, 27 females) with a mean age of 7.50 +/- 4.01 years and age range of 1-16 years were included in the study. Ultrasonographic evaluation revealed normal results in 32 patients and abnormal findings, including moderate-to-severe calyceal dilatation, parenchymal thinning, and residual urine, in 30 patients. At the time of diagnosis, culture-positive urinary tract infection was detected in 22 patients, and leukocyte and/or bacterial positivity was detected in 18 patients. The differences between bladder capacity, bladder pressure at maximal capacity, compliance, and detrusor hyperactivity at first admission and post-treatment were statistically significant (p< 0.05). Vesicoureteral reflux was also detected in 25 patients. Thirty patients underwent oral anticholinergic and antibiotic prophylaxis, while 17 additionally underwent clean intermittent catheterization. Five patients underwent intravesical Botox injection, clean intermittent catheterization, and medical treatment, and 10 patients underwent augmentation cystoplasty.Conclusion:The prevalence of urinary tract problems is high in patients with spinal dysraphism for whom early diagnosis is very important for both urologic and neurosurgical considerations. Early follow-up of urodynamics should be performed, and treatment should be carried out if necessary. Regular follow-up and appropriate treatment have positive effects on the quality of life of these patients and may also prevent the occurrence of severe renal dysfunction.