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The impact of a history of childhood nocturnal enuresis on adult nocturia and urgency

By S. Akashi, and K. Tomita.

Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 
Volume 103, Issue 9, September 2014, Pages e410-e415


Editor’s comments:

This is one of the three articles in 2014 addressing the persistence of night time voiding problems and a history of childhood nocturnal enuresis (1 - 2).
The methodology in this study is different compared to the other studies as in this study the authors have interviewed the parents and grandparents of children with nocturnal enuresis and recorded their prevalence of nocturia and eventual history of nocturnal enuresis.  The age in this study group therefore differs from the others as they include adults between 30-79yr, whereas in the other groups, they were all younger than 30yrs of age.  The results of this study have shown that if the nocturnal enuresis persisted beyond the age of 12yrs of age, there was a higher incidence of increased frequency of adult nocturia (3). 


1: Goessaert A-S, Schoenaers B, Opdenakker O, Hoebeke P, Everaert K, Walle J Vande. Long-Term Followup of Children with Nocturnal Enuresis: Increased Frequency of Nocturia in Adulthood. J Urol [Internet]. Elsevier Ltd; 2014 Jan 11 [cited 2014 Sep 10];191(6):1866–71.

2. C.M. Yazici, R. Abali, N. Tasdemir, C. Dogan, and T. Yildiz.Is nocturia of young adulthood a remnant of childhood nocturnal enuresis? International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 2014, Pages 273-278.

This article is also available at the Nocturia Resource Centre, and it is commented by Professor Antonella Giannantoni & Professor Commented by Prof. Philip van Kerrebroeck:

"This is an interesting and important article based on a review of questionnaires completed by 3649 parents and grandparents (1695 men and 1954 women, aged between 30 and 89 years) of children with nocturnal enuresis without underlying disease."



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