The field of functional urology deals with functional disorders of the lower urinary tract, which consists of the urinary bladder and its sphincters, and the pelvic floor. Symptoms of lower urinary tract and pelvic floor disorders can have a negative impact on the quality of life. This thesis aims to evaluate effectiveness of conservative and surgical treatment in functional urology, reflected by traditional and patient reported outcome measures. A distinction is made between neurogenic and non-neurogenic patients. The effectiveness of conservative therapy in non-neurogenic children, two surgical interventions in children with a neurogenic condition and one surgical intervention in two different groups of non-neurogenic men are evaluated. To establish an optimal practice, the outcomes of different surgical interventions in a neurogenic population are assessed. Additionally, focus is placed on providing validated Dutch versions of patient reported outcome measures that evaluate sexual function in neurogenic adults and urinary and anorectal symptoms in non-neurogenic children.

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Keywords Functional Urology, urinary-incontinence, treatment effectiveness, patient reported outcome measures
Promotor C.H. Bangma (Chris) , B.F.M. Blok (Bertil) , J.R. Scheepe (Jeroen)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
ISBN 978-94-93108-02-8
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Noordhoff, T.C. (2019, June 19). Clinical outcomes of conservative and surgical treatments in functional urology. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from