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Enuresis (from the Ancient Greek ἐνούρησις enoúrēsis) is a repeated inability to control urination.wikipedia
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Urinary incontinence

Involuntary urination is also known as urinary incontinence.
The term enuresis is often used to refer to urinary incontinence primarily in children, such as nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting).

Diurnal enuresis

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Diurnal enuresis which is wetting that occurs during the day while the child is awake.
Enuresis is defined as the involuntary voiding of urine beyond the age of anticipated control.

Ancient Greek

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Enuresis (from the Ancient Greek ἐνούρησις enoúrēsis) is a repeated inability to control urination.

Age appropriateness

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Use of the term is usually limited to describing people old enough to be expected to exercise such control.


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This hormone is called antidiuretic hormone, or ADH.

Ectopic ureter

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An ectopic ureter, a misplacement of the ureter outside the bladder, can also commonly cause incontinence.

Bedwetting alarm

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At night, moisture alarms, also known as bedwetting alarms, can awaken a person when he or she begins to urinate.


desmopressin acetateDDAVPGlypressin
The hormone can be boosted by a synthetic version known as desmopressin, or DDAVP, which recently became available in pill form.


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Another medication, called imipramine, is also used to treat sleepwetting.

Nocturnal enuresis

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Another medication, called imipramine, is also used to treat sleepwetting. Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) which is wetting that occurs in the night while asleep.


If a young person experiences incontinence resulting from an overactive bladder, a doctor might prescribe a medicine that helps to calm the bladder muscle, such as oxybutynin.


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This medicine controls muscle spasms and belongs to a class of medications called anticholinergics.


The use of maprotiline in the treatment of enuresis in pediatric patients has so far not been systematically explored and its use is not recommended.


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordersmental health disordersDSM-V
Note that if a specific disorder (or set of disorders) cannot be seen, e.g., enuresis and other elimination disorders, mentioned in Section II: diagnostic criteria and codes (below), it means that the diagnostic criteria for those disorders did not change significantly from DSM-IV to DSM-5.


Like most antidepressants of this chemical and pharmacological class, protriptyline has also been used in limited numbers of patients to treat panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, enuresis, eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, cocaine dependency, and the depressive phase of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive) disorder.

Gary Ridgway

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Ridgway had a bed-wetting problem until he was 13, and his mother would wash his genitals after every episode.

Propantheline bromide

Propantheline bromide (INN) is an antimuscarinic agent used for the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), cramps or spasms of the stomach, intestines (gut) or bladder, and involuntary urination (enuresis).


Medically, benzoctamine is used as a treatment for anxious outpatients to control aggression, enuresis, fear, and minor social maladjustment in children.


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In addition to an OCD or tic disorder diagnosis, children may have other symptoms associated with exacerbations such as emotional lability, enuresis, anxiety, and deterioration in handwriting.

Pinworm infection

A considerable proportion of children suffer from loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, emotional instability, and enuresis (i.e., inability to control urination).

Penile injury

In adults, strangulation injuries that require medical treatment can be caused by a variety of objects typically used for the purpose of sexual gratification, extending the time of an erection, or enuresis, including metal rings, which must be removed by specialized cutting instruments.