Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bed Wetting Evaluation

The evaluation of enuresis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

The physical exam in someone with enuresis is normal.

Testing is required to exclude a urinary tract infection, which is a common cause for enuresis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate enuresis include:

Less common tests that may be used to evaluate enuresis include:
  • Urine stress test:
    • This test consists of asking a patient to stand with a full bladder and then cough, strain, or hold his or her breath
  • Bladder metrics:
    • A variety of tests that measure the amount of urine in the bladder after voiding, the urine flow rate, bladder capacity, and others
  • Bladder manometry:
    • Can measure the muscle activity of a bladder as it fills and empties
  • Cystoscopy:
    • Allows for direct visualization of the bladder and internal structures

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bed Wetting References
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