My 24-year-old husband has started to wet the bed at night. What causes adult bed-wetting? Should we be concerned about this?
Answers from Erik P. Castle, M.D.
Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood (secondary enuresis) is uncommon and requires medical evaluation.
Causes of adult bed-wetting may include:
- Bladder cancer
- Medication side effect
- 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.
Nov. 18, 2014
- Adult nocturnal enuresis. National Association for Continence. http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/bedwetting-2/adult-bedwetting. Accessed Oct. 13, 2014.
- Ferri FF. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015: 5 Books in 1. Philadelphia, Pa.: Mosby Elsevier; 2015. https://www.clinicalkey.com. Accessed Oct. 13, 2014.