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The impact of a history of childhood nocturnal enuresis on adult nocturia and urgency
S. Akashi and K. Tomita
Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, Volume 103, Issue 9, September 2014, Pages e410-e415
This study examined the association between a childhood history of nocturnal enuresis and nocturia and urgency as an adult.
A questionnaire was completed by 3649 parents and grandparents of children with nocturnal enuresis. The age range of the respondents was 30-89, and 54% were female. The questionnaire included the respondent's age, underlying disease, the age at which nocturnal enuresis was resolved and any current nocturia and urgency.
The responses enabled us to analyse the risk factors for nocturia and urgency for the total sample, the history of nocturnal eneurisis for 2555 adults aged from 30 to 79 years and the age when nocturnal enuresis resolved for 1300 adults aged from 30 to 49 years. Respondents were significantly more likely to have nocturia and urgency as adults if they had a history of nocturnal enuresis and were aged ≥12 years when their nocturnal enuresis resolved.
A childhood history of nocturnal enuresis, particularly nocturnal enuresis that resolved at ≥12 years old, was associated with an increased frequency of adult nocturia and urgency. The impact of previous nocturnal enuresis on adult nocturia and urgency presents a risk that is comparable to ageing and
This article is also available at the Bedwetting Resource Centre, and it is commented by Professor Guy Bogaert:
"This is one of the three articles in 2014 addressing the persistence of night time voiding problems and a history of childhood nocturnal enuresis."