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Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology

ISSN - 2155-9562


Effects of Onabotulinum Toxin A Intradetrusor Injections on Urinary Symptoms and Sexual Life in Women Affected by Multiple Sclerosis: A Prospective Controlled Study

Antonella Giannantoni, Marilena Gubbiotti, Jacopo Adolfo Rossi de Vermandois, Eleonora Salvini, Silvia Proietti, Savino M Di Stasi and Ettore Mearini

Background: Voiding and sexual dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis represent the most devastating dimensions of the disease. Pharmacological treatment of voiding dysfunction could improve sexual life in patients affected by the disease. We investigated the effects of Onabotulinum toxin A intradetrusor injections on urinary symptoms and sexual dysfunction, and on the psychological status of women affected by Multiple Sclerosis with refractory overactive bladder. Methods: 41 patients underwent neurologic and urologic clinical evaluations and were administered the Female Sexual Function Index, the Incontinence-Quality of Life questionnaire, the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale and the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, before and six months after Onabotulinum toxin A intradetrusor injection; 21 continent females affected by the disease acted as controls. Results: At baseline, all patients were incontinent and 35/41 was sexually active, with low Female Sexual Function Index scores. Mild depression and anxiety were detected in all cases with a reduced quality of life. Six months after treatment, overactive bladder symptoms improved significantly in all patients. Arousal, lubrication, orgasm-related problems and desire alterations markedly improved, together with an improvement in anxiety, depression and quality of life. Scores of Female Sexual Function Index, Incontinence-Quality of Life questionnaire, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale remained unchanged in controls. Conclusion: Onabotulinum toxin A intradetrusor injections not only control overactive bladder symptoms in women affected by multiple sclerosis, but also significantly improve sexual life.