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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 245-252

Managing the urinary tract in spinal cord injury

Department of Urology, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Simon C.W Harrison
Department of Urology, Pinderfields Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield,West Yorkshire, WF1 4DG
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.65399

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This review sets out to provide an overview of the author's approach to the management of the urinary tract in the patient who has suffered from an injury to their spinal cord. Emphasis is given to the need to understand the fundamental pathophysiological patterns that are seen with injuries that involve the sacral segments of the cord (the conus) and those that spare the conus but interrupt communication between the sacral parasympathetic and somatic centers and the brain (supraconal lesions). The importance of patient participation in management decisions is highlighted by considering the different ways in which the urinary tract can be managed and how the clinician needs to try to meet patient expectations and requirements while establishing safe urological management. Finally, consideration is given to the importance of establishing an appropriate follow up regime and managing urinary tract complications effectively.

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