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October 27, 1951

NOCTURIA IN THE AGED

Author Affiliations

Baltimore

From the Urological and Medical Departments of the Levindale Hebrew Home and Infirmary; visiting urologist (Dr. Rubin) and resident physician (Dr. Nagel).

JAMA. 1951;147(9):840-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670260042012

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Abstract

Nocturia is a frequent complaint and an important symptom of the aged. The lack of sleep, restlessness, anxiety, and exhaustion caused by nocturia have been responsible for many an irritable household; and, far more important to the individual, these are frequently the cause of chronic cardiac failure.

Nocturia is a symptom that occurs in the vast majority of aged persons. We have studied the cause of this symptom in 144 patients with particular emphasis as to age, sex, blood pressure, blood urea, and urine analysis.

In a general way the urologist and the internist approach the problem of nocturia from different viewpoints. The urologist defines nocturia as a frequency of urination at night without reference to the amount of urine produced. The internist thinks of nocturia as a nocturnal frequency resulting from an excessive amount of urine produced. However, both groups must not lose sight of the fact that nocturia

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