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CLINICAL PEARL
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-36

Usefulness of classical homoeopathy for the prevention of urinary tract infections in patients with neurogenic bladder dysfunction: A case series


1 Department of Neuro-Urology, Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Nottwil, Switzerland
2 SHI Homöopathische Praxis, Zug, Switzerland

Correspondence Address:
Jürgen Pannek
Department of Neuro-Urology, Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum, Guido A. Zäch Strasse 1, CH - 6207 Nottwil
Switzerland
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-7168.129675

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Context: In patients with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction due to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), is a frequently encountered clinical problem. Often, conventional preventive measures are not successful. Aims: To treat the patients of SCI suffering from recurrent UTI with classical homoeopathy as add-on to standard urologic care. Materials and Methods: After exclusion of morphological abnormalities and initiation of a standard regime for prophylaxis, all patients with a neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction due to SCI, with more than three symptomatic UTI/year, were offered additional homoeopathic care. Symptoms were fever, incontinence, increased spasticity, decreased bladder capacity or pain/decreased general health combined with significant bacteriuria. Descriptive statistics was used for analysis. Results: Eight patients were followed up for a median period of 15 months. Five patients remained free of UTI, whereas UTI frequency was reduced in three patients. Conclusion: Our initial experience with homoeopathic prevention of UTI as add on to standard urologic prophylactic measures is encouraging. For an evidence-based evaluation of this concept, prospective studies are required. Keys for the positive outcome of this case series are co-operation of well-qualified partners, mutual respect and the motivation to co-operate closely.


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