Nocturnal enuresis in the adolescent: A neglected problem

S. Nappo, R. Del Gado, M. L. Chiozza, M. Biraghi, P. Ferrara, P. Caione

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Objective: To assess the features of adolescent bedwetters, as few data are available on enuresis in this age group. Patients and methods: A specific database for adolescents and young adults was created with the collaboration of various specialists (paediatricians, urologists, gynaecologists, psychiatrists). Questions focused on family and personal history, stressful events, age of attaining urinary and fecal control, characteristics of enuresis (primary vs secondary, monosymptomatic vs enuresis associated with daytime urinary symptoms), school performance, diagnostic examination and physical examinations, and treatment and its response. Results: Data were collected from 107 enuretic adolescents (mean age 15.3 years, median 14, range 13-23; 63 males and 44 females). A positive family history for enuresis was recorded in 82%. Enuresis was primary in 79 patients (74%), secondary in 28 (26%), monosymptomatic in 76 (71%) and associated with daytime urinary symptoms in 31 (29%). In males monosymptomatic enuresis was significantly more frequent than in females (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-917
Number of pages6
JournalBJU International
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002


  • Adolescent
  • Bedwetting
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Puberty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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