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Urinary Urgency Linked with Recurrent Falls in MS

September 18, 2017

Urinary urgency with incontinence is associated with recurrent falls in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) with mild-to-moderate disability, according to a recent study. 51 people aged 18 to 50 years with RRMS and mild-to-moderate disability (Expanded Disability Status Scale score ≤6.0) completed a self-report questionnaire regarding urinary incontinence, urgency, and frequency at baseline and then prospectively recorded their falls daily for 3 months using fall calendars. Participants were classified as recurrent fallers (more than 2 falls) or non-recurrent fallers (less than 2 falls) for 1 regression model and then as fallers (more than 1 fall) or non-fallers (no falls) for another regression model. Associations between baseline bladder dysfunction and faller status were assessed using logistic regression adjusted for the potential confounders of age, sex, and disability.

Researchers found:

  • 15 participants were recurrent fallers, 36 were non-recurrent fallers, 32 were fallers, and 19 were non-fallers.
  • After adjusting for age, sex, and disability, there was a significant association between urinary urgency with incontinence and recurrent falls in the 3 months after baseline.

Via MD Edge