Demystifying Nocturia: Identifying the Cause and Tailoring the Treatment

Paula Laureanno, RN; Pamela Ellsworth, MD, FACS, FAAP


Urol Nurs. 2010;30(5):276-287. 

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Prevalence of Nocturia

Historically, the definition of nocturia has varied, making it difficult to arrive at a precise prevalence figure. Furthermore, few epidemiologic studies have been performed in the United States. Nocturia prevalence has been reported to be between 58% and 66% in women and men ages 50 to 59 years, and 72% and 91% in women and men over 80 years, respectively (Middelkoop, Smilde-van den Doel, Neven, Kamphuisen, & Springer, 1996). In a more recent national survey conducted by telephone of 5204 community-based adults with an average age of 45.8 years, 31% reported at least one void per night, and 14.2% reported at least two voids per night (Coyne et al., 2003). Studies in Japan and Austria, in which nocturia was defined as two voids or more per night, found rates of 28.5% and 11.3%, respectively (Schatzl et al., 2000; Yoshimura et al., 2004).


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