Korean J Urol.  2008 Aug;49(8):745-752.

Application and Treatment Result of an Enuresis Alarm Based on a Questionnaire in Children with Enuresis?

  • 1Department of Urology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Urology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon, Korea.
  • 3Department of Urology, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. chhong52@yuhs.ac


PURPOSE: Alarm interventions are effective and safe treatments for nocturnal enuresis when compared with the other treatments. However, the rate of doctors prescribing enuresis alarms is quite low in Korea. This study evaluated the application conditions and treatment results of an enuresis alarm in children with enuresis in Korea.
147 out of 316 patients who purchased an enuresis alarm through a alarm sales agency in Korea were evaluated retrospectively. The questionnaire had two main categories: items of enuresis(number of episodes during the night, enuresis frequency during a week, etc.) and the items of the enuresis alarm(previous treatment history, a motivation of using enuresis alarm treatment, the period of using the enuresis alarm, initial success, continued success, dropout of using enuresis alarm, nocturia after treatment, etc.).
A total 147 children participated in this study. The initial success rate was 30.6% whereas the continued success rate was 34.0%. In addition, the dropout rate was 27.2%. 46.2% of patients purchased the enuresis alarm with a doctor's prescription and 53.8% purchased the alarm without a prescription. Among the factors, the success and dropout rate were affected by only whether the patient visited the hospital. Thirty five patients who took combination therapy with medicine had a significantly lower initial success rate.
In Korea, without a doctor's prescription, 53.7% patients attempt to treat enuresis alarm directly. The initial and continued success rate with the enuresis alarm was approximately 30% and the dropout rate was approximately 30%.


Enuresis; Alarm; Treatment

MeSH Terms

Nocturnal Enuresis
Patient Dropouts
Retrospective Studies


  • Fig. 1 The reason why the guardian purchased an enuresis alarm. NR: no response, R: recurrence, S/E: side effect.


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