, Volume 24, Issue 9, p 1587
Date: 14 Jun 2013

Active opening out of the urethra and the Valentini–Besson–Nelson mathematical model: response to comment by Petros and Bush

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Dear Editor,

We thank Dr. Petros and Dr. Bush for their interest in our paper [1] and the VBN model and would like to offer the following comments:

1. Dr Petros and Dr Bush [2] show a deep understanding of the Valentini–Besson–Nelson (VBN) mathematical micturition model. Active opening of the urethra is a reality but it is not included in the current version of the VBN model.

2. Our aim is to try to include that phenomenon in the next version of the model. We think that active opening of the urethra could probably be simulated by a negative compression of the urethra. That is the first test to do.

3. We think that active opening cannot explain the abnormal decrease of the maximum flow rate induced by the catheter. The observed effect is similar to an increase of the urethral obstruction; active opening would lead to a decrease of the urethral obstruction and thus an increased maximum flow rate.

4. We have just begun the study of the high flow rate–low detrusor pressure voidings which are fr ...