Which clinical history findings related to enuresis suggest childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Bedwetting is common among children with obstructive sleep apnea, although no well-controlled studies have been performed to date. Always consider the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea in children who have histories of snoring and develop enuresis after they have already been successfully toilet trained. Older children need to be specifically asked about whether they wet the bed because often they are too embarrassed to bring up the subject on their own. In addition to questioning the family about enuresis, ask about nocturia. Many children and adults with obstructive apnea report frequent awakenings to use the bathroom at night.


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