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Acupuncture and the treatment of irritative bladder symptoms
  1. CJ Kelleher,
  2. J Filshie,
  3. G Burton,
  4. V Khullar,
  5. LD Cardozo
  1. Department of Urodynamics, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS
  1. The Royal Marsden Hospital, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PT


The conventional management of irritative bladder symptoms, namely urgency, urge incontinence, frequency and nocturia, with anticholinergic medication is limited by the side effects of treatment. Acupuncture is shown to be as effective in the management of irritative bladder symptoms as conventional anticholinergic therapy, with few side effects and a high degree of patient acceptability and compliance.

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