Functional enuresis: pharmacological versus behavioral treatment

A. Iester, A. Marchesi, A. Cohen, M. Iester, F. Bagnasco, R. Bonelli

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Treatment of childhood enuresis requires a careful anamnesis, physical examination, urinalysis, and urine culture to determine if a subject is affected with functional or organic enuresis. Functional enuresis (FE) was present in the majority of our patients (168/204). These 168 subjects, aged from 6 to 11 years, were randomly divided into three therapy groups (pharmacological therapy, behavioral therapy, and behavioral therapy with the aid of a personal computer). Our study shows that behavioral therapy gave better results in FE than did pharmacological therapy. We point out the usefulness of combining bladder retention training and behavioral therapy to improve the general maturity and autonomous behavior of the child, and the resultant positive effects on his personality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991


  • Behavioral therapy
  • Enuresis
  • Pharmacological therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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