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What conditions can cause bed-wetting in adults?

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Your bed-wetting may also be because of conditions that affect your body's ability to store and hold urine. For instance, bladder cancer and prostate cancer can cause it. 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

From: Bed-Wetting in Adults WebMD Medical Reference

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 Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2017

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 Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2017

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