Management of Urinary and Fecal Incontinence in Patients With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Wang R1, Lefevre R. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print] Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print]
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1From the *Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School; and †Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.


BACKGROUND: Urinary voiding dysfunction is reported in many patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). However, there is a gap in the literature for treating patients with CRPS who develop incontinence symptoms.

CASE: We report a case describing the use of sacral neuromodulation therapy in a patient with urgency urinary and fecal incontinence who had a previously implanted spinal cord stimulator for type 1 CRPS, formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Despite initial hesitation and treatment delay, sacral neuromodulation therapy was successful and effective in controlling both fecal and urgency urinary incontinence symptoms for the patient. This intervention continues to provide her with an improved quality of life 10 months after her procedure.

CONCLUSIONS: In this case, there was significant hesitation from the provider and patient to use invasive treatments for incontinence symptoms when the patient's pain symptoms have been well controlled with an existing spinal device. However, in this patient with type 1 CRPS, even in the setting of an existing spinal cord stimulator, sacral neuromodulation therapy was an effective treatment.

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