Muscle cell injections ‘may ease adult incontinence’
- On July 26, 2011
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People who are affected by adult incontinence may benefit from receiving injections of their own muscle cells, experts believe.
Scientists are currently conducting three clinical trials involving around 300 women to see if the therapy works, the Daily Mail reports.
The goal of the treatment is to improve the strength of the muscles around the bladder, thereby reducing women’s reliance on incontinence supplies.
Early research suggests that the majority of women with stress urinary incontinence are likely to benefit from the advance.
Dr Raj Persad, consultant urologist and senior clinical lecturer at Bristol University, told the Daily Mail: “This is a great contribution towards non-operative treatment of stress urinary incontinence.
“Wider-scale randomised trials are needed, but these results are encouraging.”
Stress incontinence is one of the two most common types of urinary incontinence and occurs where the pelvic floor muscles become too weak to prevent urination, particularly when coughing or laughing.