March 1986

Constipation a Commonly Unrecognized Cause of Enuresis

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics (Dr O'Regan) and the Divisions of Pediatric Surgery (Dr Yazbeck) and Urology (Ms Hamberger and Dr Schick), Department of Surgery, Hôpital Ste-Justine, Pediatric Research Center, University of Montreal.

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(3):260-261. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140170086039

• Constipation was confirmed by history, rectal examination, and rectal manometric studies in 22 of 25 children with enuresis. Treatment of constipation resulted in resolution of enuresis. Uninhibited bladder contractions, observed in enuretic constipated children, were also noted in children with constipation alone, suggesting that constipation is a commonly unrecognized etiologic factor in enuresis.

(AJDC 1986;140:260-261)