Isolated extraordinary daytime urinary frequency of childhood: a case series of 26 children in Switzerland

Corigliano, Teresa; Renella, Raffaele; Robbiani, Anna; Riavis, Mauro; Bianchetti, Mario G (2007). Isolated extraordinary daytime urinary frequency of childhood: a case series of 26 children in Switzerland. Acta paediatrica, 96(9), pp. 1347-9. Oslo: Wiley 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2007.00406.x

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BACKGROUND: The term 'isolated extraordinary daytime urinary frequency' designates an abnormally increased diurnal frequency of painless urination in a completely toilet-trained child with normal urinalysis. METHODS: We report the history of 26 children (16 boys and 10 girls; aged between 4.1 and 10 years) who were referred to us between 2002 and 2006 and subsequently diagnosed with this condition. RESULTS: Possible psychosocial problems, or recent emotional stressors, were disclosed in the majority of the children: recent (36 months or less) asylum seekers (n = 9), school-related problems (n = 4), parental divorce (n = 2) or death of the mother (n = 1). Possible dietary causes were observed in 9 patients: oxalate-rich beverages (n = 5) and liberal ingestion of 'acidic' juices (n = 4). A diet low in oxalates was recommended when children were consuming large quantities of oxalate-rich beverages; and a diet low in acidic juice was recommended in those liberally ingesting acidic juices. Reassurance and observation were the approach in the remaining cases. The median duration of the symptoms was 5 months. A longer (p < 0.05) duration was noted in children of asylum seekers. CONCLUSIONS: This functional condition is easily identifiable, but often under- or misdiagnosed. Confounding the condition might result in redundant investigation.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

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Bianchetti, Mario Giovanni








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