Possible cause and action Around 1 in 100 adults regularly wets the bed at night. Consult your doctor, because there are now effective drug treatments for the condition.


call an ambulance

Possible cause and action You may have damaged the nerves controlling your bladder. Once in hospital, your bladder will be emptied by means of a catheter, and tests such as MRI (p.41) will be arranged to determine the cause of your symptoms and appropriate treatment.

call your doctor now

Possible cause and action The enlarging uterus may be preventing the bladder from emptying. Treatment involves emptying the bladder with a catheter. Once treated, the condition very rarely recurs.

Call your doctor now if you are unable to make a diagnosis from this chart.

see your doctor within 24 hours

Possible causes In adults, the sudden onset of incontinence at night is a serious symptom needing prompt assessment. Possible causes include a seizure occurring during sleep or a short interruption in breathing due to a nose or throat problem.

Action Your doctor will examine you, and you will probably also be referred to hospital for tests, such as CT scanning (p.40), to establish the cause and appropriate treatment.

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