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Bladder Control Problems More Common in ADHD - featured January 20, 2011

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[Source: Reuters]

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more likely than their peers to have problems with bedwetting and other bladder control symptoms, a new study finds.

Turkish researchers found that among 62 children with ADHD and 124 without the disorder, kids with ADHD scored considerably higher on a questionnaire on "voiding" symptoms -- problems emptying the bladder.

In particular, they tended to have more problems with bedwetting and habitually feeling an urgent need to go to the bathroom.

Some past research has suggested that up to 30 percent of children with attention deficit disorders have had problems with wetting themselves, either during the day or while sleeping -- what doctors call enuresis.

The new findings suggest that "the incidence of all voiding problems, not only enuresis, increases in children with ADHD," Dr. Ozgu Aydogdu, one of the researchers on the study, told Reuters Health in an e-mail.

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