A Survey on Prevalence of Primary Nocturnal Enuresis and Its Risk Factors in Chinese University Students

Hu H1, Wen J2, Zhang Z3, Liang Y4, Luo Y1, Dou Q3, Zhang H1

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Prevention and Public Health

Abstract 102
E-Poster 1
Scientific Open Discussion ePoster Session 7
Wednesday 4th September 2019
13:00 - 13:05 (ePoster Station 4)
Exhibition Hall
Nocturnal Enuresis Questionnaire Incontinence Urgency/Frequency
1.Nurse School of Xinxiang Medical University, 2.Xinxiang Medical University, 3.Urology of Third Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University, 4.The First Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University

Hui Jie Hu




Hypothesis / aims of study
It is well known that the prevalence of primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE) decreased with age and many factors such as gender, family history, inhabitation(living in rural or urban areas), arousal difficulty has been found to be involved in its development [1]. However, the PNE prevalence and changes of its risk factors with growth of child are still unclear. We hypothesis that the prevalence of PNE will not continue decrease and some of risk factors might change in adolescent. Consequently, the aim of present study is to investigate the PNE prevalence and its risk factors in Chinese adolescent by a survey in university students.
Study design, materials and methods
A total of 13,385 first grade students (aged18-22 years, 4,256 boys and 9,129 girls) from two universities in Henan province was involved in this study from Sep. 2018 to Dec. 2018. They come from 23 provinces and 368 cities all over the country. An anonymous questionnaire was used to collect the following information:①gender, date of birth, inhabitation(living in rural or urban areas); ②Whether the bedwetting continue to now after 5 years old; ③PNE frequency;④PNE family history; ⑤easy to wake up at night or not? ⑥Whether the PNE influence psychology, life and sleep; ⑦Have ever received treatment or not? ⑧Whether exist frequent, urgency and incontinent? The PNE criteria in this study is one who continue bedwetting at least one time per month and never stopped more than 3 months. Exclusion criteria were obvious organic diseases such as lower bladder urinary tract obstruction, neurological diseases, and incomplete questionnaires.
A total of 13,874 questionnaires (93.7%) were collected and 13,385 of which (90.4%) was qualified for statistical analysis. The overall prevalence of PNE was 1.15%, 1.1% in boys and 1.2% in girls. The overall incidence of PNE in the18-year-old group was 0.93%, 0.68% in boys and 1.06% in girls. The overall incidence of PNE in the19-year-old group was 1.10%,1.20% in boys and 1.05% in girls. The overall incidence of PNE in the 20-year-old group was 1.09%, 0.97% in boys and 1.15% in girls.The overall incidence of PNE in the 21-year-old group was 1.46%, 1.09% in boys and 1.58% in girls.The overall incidence of PNE in the 22-year-old group was 1.42%, 2.06% in boys and 1.20% in girls. The PNE prevalence in different age group is ranged from 0.93% to 1.46% and no significant difference between them (p >0.05)(Table1). The prevalence was 1.0% in urban areas and 1.2% in rural areas (difference between them is no significant), 7.9% with family history and 0.9% with no family history (difference between them is significant), 1.0% with arousal disorders and 1.3% with no arousal disorders(difference between them is no significant). 3.85% with urgency, 1.87% with urgency history and 0.9% with no urgency history, 7.69% with UI, 4.61% with UI history and 0.92% with no UI history. Prevalence of MPNE and NMPNE is 66.4% (101/152cases) and 33.6% (51/152cases) of all PNE cases. A total of 27% (41cases) of PNE occurred daily, 29.6%(45cases) weekly, and 43.4%(66cases) monthly; 21% of PNE has history of seeking treatment; 65.6% shown psychological burden, 45% feel life troubles and 54.3% influence on sleep.
Interpretation of results
The results of this survey show that there was no significant difference in the prevalence of PNE between boys and girls. This is similar to the research performed in HK which shown no significant difference of PNE prevalence between 21-25 years old boy and girls.[2] There is no significant difference between urban and rural areas and this might due to the gap between urban and rural areas is gradually decreased with economic development in China. No significant difference of prevalence was found between the cases with and with no arousal disorders might due to the arousal difficult is no longer the main disorder adolescent. A significant difference in the prevalence of PNE with or with no family history indicated the heredity is still unchangeable risk factor of PNE indicated that heredity is not easy to change. A significant correlation of frequency, urgency, incontinence with PNE indicated that decrease of voiding control ability increase the chance of PNE. Finally, lack of treatment might be a risk factor for the PNE lasted from children to adolescent
Concluding message
PNE prevalence decrease with age in children until the adolescent and its risk factors of PNE are genetic, day time frequent/urgency/urinary incontinence as well as lacking of treatment in Chinese adolescent. The PNE induced a significant impact on the physical and mental health in adolescent.
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  1. Wen J G, Wang Q W, Chen Y , et al. An Epidemiological Study of Primary Nocturnal Enuresis in Chinese Children and Adolescents[J]. European Urology, 2006, 49(6):1107-1113.
  2. Yeung CK, Sihoe JD, Sit FK, et al. Characteristics of primary nocturnal enuresis in adults: an epidemiological study.BJU Int. 2004;93(3):341-5.
Funding Henan Province Medical Science Provincial-ministerial Co-construction Project (No: SBGJ2018059) and Natural Science Foundation of China(NSFC), No. 81370689. Clinical Trial No Subjects Human Ethics Committee Xinxiang Medical University Ethics Committee Helsinki Yes Informed Consent Yes