Journal of Nephrology & Therapeutics

ISSN: 2161-0959

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A Systematic Review and a Meta-Analysis of Using Acupuncture for the Treatment of Nocturnal Enuresis


Anoush Azarfar ,Yalda Ravanshad *,Shahpour Badiei Aval ,Zhila Khamnian ,Hassan Mehrad-Majd

Background: Acupuncture has been an interesting portion of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many studies have shown that pediatric acupuncture is also acceptable and feasible. Nocturnal enuresis (NE) is defined as evacuating the bladder during sleep in a child older than five years old. Acupuncture and laser acupuncture may be more effective than sham procedures at reducing enuresis and relapse rates; however, the evidence is weak. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of acupuncture therapy in the treatment of nocturnal enuresis on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Method: An electronic literature search was conducted to identify appropriated trial studies. The outcomes were presented as relative risk, with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: We found only seven trials that fulfilled our inclusion criteria. Only seven trials from five studies were included in meta-analysis. Final relative risk (RR) was not statistically significant (RR (range) = 1.312(0.939-1.832)) but evidences from independent review of each study suggested effective roll of acupuncture in treatment of NE. Conclusion: In summary, the results of this study show that acupuncture seems to be an effective treatment for NE, but further large randomized trials are suggested.


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