Adult bed-wetting: A concern?

content provided by mayoclinic.com

Adult bed-wetting: A concern?

Question

My 24-year-old husband has started to wet the bed at night. What causes adult bed-wetting? Should we be concerned about this?

No name
No state given

Answer

Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood (secondary enuresis) is uncommon and requires medical evaluation.

Causes of adult bed-wetting may include:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Prostate cancer
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary tract stones

Rarely, acute anxiety or other emotional disorders may be the cause of adult bed-wetting.

Tests and procedures used to determine the cause of adult bed-wetting include:

  • Physical examination
  • Urine tests
  • Urologic examinations and tests
  • Neurological evaluation

Treatment of adult bed-wetting is directed at the underlying cause, when possible.

Last Updated: 2011-12-07
© 1998-2014 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.com," "Mayo Clinic Health Information," "Reliable information for a healthier life" and the triple-shield Mayo logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Terms and conditions of use

 

Bookmark and Share   E-Mail Page   Printer Friendly Version