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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 27

of 'Etiology and clinical features of bladder dysfunction in children'

Micturition habits and incontinence at age 17--reinvestigation ofa cohort studied at age 7.
Hellström A, Hanson E, Hansson S, Hjälmäs K, Jodal U
Br J Urol. 1995;76(2):231.
OBJECTIVE: To study the epidemiology of micturition disturbances in teenagers.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A subsample of 1034 teenagers previously evaluated at age 7 years was reinvestigated 10 years later. A postal questionnaire was used and a response rate of 71% (736) obtained. Those who reported bladder symptoms were contacted by telephone for a detailed history concerning imperative urge, daytime incontinence, emptying difficulties and bedwetting.
RESULTS: There was a general decrease in the frequency and intensity of symptoms from 7 to 17 years of age. At age 17 at least one symptom was reported by 5.9% of the girls and 0.9% of the boys. Overall the symptoms were regarded as mild or moderate.
CONCLUSION: At age 17 years, micturition disturbances were reported infrequently and few subjects wanted medical help.
Department of Paediatric Surgery, East Hospital, Göteborg University, Sweden.