Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-301867
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Dysfunctional voiding in children with asthma

  1. Tutku Soyer3
  1. 1Department of Pediatric Allergy, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Ministry of Health, Ankara Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  3. 3Department of Pediatric Surgery, Kirikkale University, School of Medicine, Kirikkale, Turkey
  4. 4Department of Pediatric Surgery, Ankara University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ozge Uysal Soyer, Department of Pediatrics Allergy, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Ankara 06100, Turkey; ozgeusoyer{at}
  • Received 15 February 2012
  • Revised 31 December 2012
  • Accepted 10 January 2013
  • Published Online First 2 February 2013


A prospective study was performed to evaluate the prevalence of suspected dysfunctional voiding (DV) and associated risk factors in children with asthma. The DV is defined as any voiding symptoms and/or urinary incontinence. Children (4–10-year-old) with asthma (n=178) and healthy subjects (n=197) were enrolled. DV and Incontinence Scoring System were administrated. Demographic features and asthma related characteristics were recorded. Suspected DV was noted in 19 (27.9%) of patients with asthma and 5 (6.6%) of healthy subjects in children younger than 6 years of age (p=0.001). In this patient group, asthma increased the risk of suspected DV (OR=5.7 (95% CI 1.988 to 16.344)). Children with asthma older than 6 years of age had similar prevalence of suspected DV but they had higher frequency of voiding and urgency. Asthma is associated with higher DV symptom scores in younger children who have already completed toilet training and with some of DV symptoms such as frequency and urgency in older children.

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