A non-invasive method to restore bladder function after a spinal cord injury continues to show progress in the Dr. Daniel Lu laboratory at UCLA. This experiment showed positive results in 5 people eliminating the need for catheters for up to 4 weeks. (cp)
In UCLA study, magnetic stimulation of lower spine eliminates need for catheter for up to 4 weeks
“More than 80 percent of the 250,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury lose the ability to urinate voluntarily after their injury. According to a 2012 study, the desire to regain bladder control outranks even their wish to walk again.
In a study of five men whose injuries occurred five to 13 years ago, UCLA neuroscientists stimulated the lower spinal cord through the skin with a magnetic device placed at the lumbar spine. The research is the first to show that the technique enables people with spinal cord injuries to recover significant bladder control for up to four weeks between treatments. The findings are published today in Scientific Reports”.
A Proof-of-Concept Study of Transcutaneous Magnetic Spinal Cord Stimulation for Neurogenic Bladder
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Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 12549 (2018)
We thank Dr. David McArthur for statistical support and Ms. Naomi Gonzalez for logistical support. This study was supported by Department of Defense (DOD) research grant SC103209 and H&H Evergreen Foundation. The experiments were conducted in the UCLA Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC), which was supported by NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) UCLA CTSI Grant Number UL1TR000124. TN is supported by NIH NINDS R25 Research Education Grant. DCL is a 1999 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.