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Unexpected benefits of bethanechol in adults with cerebral palsy

Warwick J Carter
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (5): 293.
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.

Correspondence: wcarter@medwords.com.au

Acknowledgements: 

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

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