Beaumont tests rerouting urinary nerves to help spina bifida

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Royal Oak's William Beaumont Hospital is taking part in tests to see if doctors can reroute a leg nerve to help children with spina bifida control their bladders.

The technique was pioneered in China, and children are supposed to scratch or pinch their thigh to signal the bladder to empty every few hours.

But surprisingly, some youngsters instead are starting to feel those need-to-go sensations that their birth defect had always prevented.

The U.S. pilot study consists of nine spina bifida patients, but 100 families already are lining up for a chance at this nerve rerouting.

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