Nocturia and Nocturnal Polyuria in Neurological Patients: From Epidemiology to Treatment. A Systematic Review of the Literature

Rebecca Haddad*, Pierre Denys, Salvador Arlandis, Antonella Giannantoni, Giulio Del Popolo, Jalesh N. Panicker, Dirk De Ridder, Kim Pauwaert, Philipp E. Van Kerrebroeck, Karel Everaert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Context: Nocturia is among the most common and bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), but there is no clear consensus on how to identify and manage this symptom in the neurological population.

Objective: To systematically review the literature about nocturia in neurological patients.

Evidence acquisition: Studies were identified by electronic search of Cochrane and Medline databases. The studies were included if their participants had acquired neurological pathology among multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease (PD), stroke, spinal cord injury (SCI), and reported data on the epidemiology, aetiology, diagnosis, or treatment of nocturia. An independent extraction of the articles was performed by two authors using predetermined datasets, including quality-of-study indicators.

Evidence synthesis: A total of 132 studies were included; 46 evaluated the epidemiology of nocturia, 28 the possible aetiologies, 10 the diagnostic tools, and 60 the treatments. Nocturia prevalence ranged from 15% to 96% depending on the pathology and definition used. It was one of the most frequently reported LUTS in PD and stroke patients. Several validated questionnaires were found to screen for nocturia in this population. Causalities were numerous: LUT, renal, sleep, cardiovascular dysfunctions, etc. Treatments targeted these mechanisms, with an overall risk of bias assessed as high or serious. The highest level of evidence was seen in MS patients: pelvic floor muscle training, cannabinoids, and desmopressin were effective, but not melatonin. In stroke patients, transcutaneous sacral and transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (TTNS) improved nocturia; in PD patients, TTNS, solifenacin, and rotigotine did not.

Conclusions: Nocturia is highly prevalent in patients with neurological disorders. Causalities and treatments are not different from the general population, but are poorly studied in neurological patients.

Patient Summary: In this report, we looked at the published studies about nocturia the fact of waking to void during the hours of sleep in patients with neurological diseases. We found that nocturia is very frequent in this population, that the causes are the same as in the general population but may be combined, and that treatments are also the same but have an overall weak level of evidence. We conclude that more research is needed on this topic. (C) 2020 European Association of Urology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)922-934
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Urology Focus
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Neurogenic
  • Nocturia
  • Nocturnal polyuria
  • Systematic review
  • URINARY-TRACT SYMPTOMS
  • TIBIAL NERVE-STIMULATION
  • PARKINSONS-DISEASE PATIENTS
  • NEUROGENIC DETRUSOR OVERACTIVITY
  • MULTIPLE-SCLEROSIS PATIENTS
  • DIURNAL BLOOD-PRESSURE
  • CORD INJURED PATIENTS
  • NONMOTOR SYMPTOMS
  • BLADDER DYSFUNCTION
  • OPEN-LABEL

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