Unexpected benefits of bethanechol in adults with cerebral palsy

Warwick J Carter
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02034.x
Published online: 1 September 2008

To the Editor: Bethanechol is a parasympathomimetic agent similar to acetylcholine that is known to be a selective stimulant of smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal tract and urinary bladder. It is normally used to treat non-obstructive urinary retention and has not previously been known to have any effect on skeletal muscle.

  • Warwick J Carter

  • Brisbane, QLD.



I would like to thank physiotherapist Diane Josephson and registered nurse Lynne Roche for their assistance with the study.


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