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What conditions can cause bed-wetting in adults?

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Bed wetting can happen because your bladder doesn’t have room to hold your urine, or because your bladder muscles squeeze when they shouldn’t. Bladder cancer and prostate cancer can cause bed wetting. So can diseases of the brain and spine, such as a seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson's disease. Some other possible causes are:

  • Blocked urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder)
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Problem with the structure of your bladder or other urinary organs
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Urinary tract stones or infection

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Urine culture," "Urinalysis."

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: "Detrusor Myectomy."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation Therapy."

Journal of Urology: "Long-term followup of children with nocturnal enuresis: increased frequency of nocturia in adulthood."

Mayo Clinic: "Bed-wetting: Definition," "Diabetes insipidus: Symptoms and causes," "My 24-year-old husband has started to wet the bed at night. What causes adult bed-wetting? Should we be concerned about this?"

National Association for Continence: "Adult Bedwetting," "OAB Prescription List."

UCSF Health: "Bladder Training."

Urology Care Foundation: "What is Bladder Augmentation?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 20, 2021

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Urine culture," "Urinalysis."

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: "Detrusor Myectomy."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation Therapy."

Journal of Urology: "Long-term followup of children with nocturnal enuresis: increased frequency of nocturia in adulthood."

Mayo Clinic: "Bed-wetting: Definition," "Diabetes insipidus: Symptoms and causes," "My 24-year-old husband has started to wet the bed at night. What causes adult bed-wetting? Should we be concerned about this?"

National Association for Continence: "Adult Bedwetting," "OAB Prescription List."

UCSF Health: "Bladder Training."

Urology Care Foundation: "What is Bladder Augmentation?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 20, 2021

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