Definition of nocturnal enuresis

What is nocturnal enuresis?

Nocturnal enuresis, also called bedwetting, is the involuntary voiding during sleep at an age when attainment of full bladder control should have been achieved, (usually 5 years).

Facts & Figures

  • This condition is common in childhood affecting;
of 5 year-olds
of 7 year-olds


spontaneous remission rate although more severe cases have a less favorable prognosis.

  • Boys are more often affected than girls.
  • NE may impact the affected children’s self-esteem and social interaction and should draw the family and physician’s attention.
  • Despite the common belief, the condition is not always self-limited.
Bedwetting | 1. Basics of ne pathophysiology
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