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Bedwetting in childhood: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment

Enuresis, as defined by the International Children's Continence Society, is the occurrence of urinary incontinence during sleep. Bedwetting (i.e. occurs at least twice a week) is a common childhood condition affecting approximately 5–10% of children aged between 5 and 7 years. The prevalence of bedwetting decreases with age, but approximately 1% of bedwetters continue to do so in adulthood. Bedwetting is twice as common in boys as in girls; for example in the UK, the prevalence of bedwetting at least 3 times a week ranges from 5–10% in 9-year-old girls to 15–22% in 7-year-old boys.

The pathophysiology of enuresis is complex and involves the central nervous system (several neurotransmitters and receptors), circadian rhythm (sleep and diuresis), and bladder dysfunction. Most often, enuresis results from a high arousal threshold (i.e. the child does not awaken to void when the bladder is full) combined with either nocturnal polyuria (i.e. over-production of urine at night) or nocturnal detrusor overactivity (and, therefore, reduced bladder capacity), or both...


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World Bedwetting Webex

with Professor Serdar Tekgul, Professor Søren Rittig,  Dr. Charlotte Van Herzeele, and Professor Johan Vande Walle

Sponsored by Ferring.

Related Videos, Launch of the World Bedwetting Day 2015

Prof. Serdar Tekgul, Bedwetting is nobody´s fault

ESPU congress, October 2015, Prague Czech Republic

Prof. Johan Vande Walle, Bedwetting available for treatment

ESPU congress, October 2015, Prague Czech Republic

Prof. Guy Bogaert, World Bedwetting Day for more awareness

ESPU congress, October 2015, Prague Czech Republic

Prof. Søren Rittig, Bedwetting is treatable

ESPU congress, October 2015, Prague Czech Republic

Dr Michal Maternik, about the World Bedwetting Day initiative

ESPU congress, October 2015, Prague Czech Republic


World Bedwetting Day

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Consensus Guidelines

Practical consensus guidelines for the management of enuresis. 
Evaluation and management of enuresis, a common condition, is not a priority in training programs for medical doctors (MDs), despite being a common condition.