Nocturnal enuresis: A suggestion for a European treatment strategy

G. Läckgren, K. Hjälmås, J. Van Gool, A. Von Gontard, M. De Gennaro, H. Lottmann, P. Terho

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The objective of this study was to review the published literature on aetiology and treatment of nocturnal enuresis, with the aim of providing a treatment strategy which is easy for the patient and their family to follow. Results from European studies conducted over the last 15 y were included in this review. It can be concluded from the results of these studies that enuresis is the cause and not the result of a psychiatric disorder. However, there is still considerable variation in success rates, from 28 to 90%. It is of vital importance that a caring approach from the doctor and a positive family and patient attitude are present for successful treatment. The first choice of treatment should be the one most acceptable to the family, e.g. alarm, desmopressin and combination treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-690
Number of pages12
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999


  • Alarm
  • Desmopressin
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Polyuria
  • Vasopressin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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