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World Bedwetting Day 2017 – Time to take action

Professor Guy Bogaert and Prof. Konstantinos Kamperis

Elsevier Barcelona 17 v2

Professor Guy Bogaert, University of Leuven, and Professor Konstantinos Kamperis, Aarhus University Hospital, talked about bedwetting in children at the 28th ESPU Congress, Barcelona April 2017.

Topics of their discussion:

Bedwetting: definition, prevalence, diagnosis, risk factors, prevention, and treatment
Recent studies: the influence of snoring and breastfeeding
Awareness: bedwetting as common condition, effective treatment will improve quality of life


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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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