Bladder wall thickness in the assessment of neurogenic bladder: a translational discussion of current clinical applications

Sturm, R. M.; Cheng, E. Y.

Ann Transl Med. 2016 Feb 19; 4(2):32


The prospective trial by Kim et al. "Can Bladder Wall Thickness Predict Videourodynamic Findings in Children with Spina Bifida?" published in Journal of Urology investigated the measurement of bladder wall thickness (BWT) as a non-invasive assessment tool for lower urinary tract changes in neurogenic bladder (NGB). In this study, no significant association was observed between BWT and high-risk urodynamic parameters. This editorial discusses the basic science of bladder wall thickening as well as prior studies relating wall thickness to clinical parameters. Although Kim et al. provide a unique literature contribution in terms of assessment of BWT at defined percent cystometric capacity, specific aspects of study methodology and population may have contributed to a lack of correlation with high-risk urodynamic findings. The application of non-invasive modalities to lower urinary tract assessment of NGB remains a promising and relevant area of future research to prevent progression to end stage lower urinary tract changes for all individuals with spina bifida.

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