The reader of this book/e-book may welcome a statement from the editors on the principles underlying the book and a few additional words of explanation. First, the term “neurogenic bladder,” includes all disturbances of function and diseases of the bladder due to disorders arising in the central nervous system, peripheral nerves, or intrinsic nerves and ganglia. The term neurogenic bladder is therefore incorrect and misleading. Neurogenic bladder should be replaced by neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction, but the term neurogenic bladder is still used worldwide for these diseases.
Neuro-Urology is regarded as a sub-specialty of urology dealing with urinary tract dysfunction caused by acknowledged neurologic diseases or nerve lesions, thus comprising a wide spectrum of different etiologies, pathophysiologies and subsequent functional and secondary structural consequences for the lower and upper urinary tract, then including the diagnosis and treatment for these dysfunctions and complications.
Neuro-urology is a fast-growing sub-specialty. Therefore, an e-book format was chosen, and Springer kindly agreed that the authors could update the chapters every 2 years. Thus, the content of the e-book will more or less parallel developments in the field of neuro-urology.
The aims of this book/e-book are to give an update on neuro-physiology and neuro-pathophysiology of the lower urinary tract, present the principles of the diagnostic evaluation, describe the clinical problems, and inform the reader about the current therapeutic options.
To achieve this purpose, we have invited an impressive number of renowned contributors, including 87 of the most distinguished international experts in this field from 24 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. The book/e-book is truly an international effort and collaboration. The invited authors are a mixture of older, experienced and younger, very active neuro-urologists. The editors would like to thank all of the authors for their excellent work.