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Gazzetta Medica Italiana - Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2019 January-February;178(1-2):19-21

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.18.03705-1

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Sleep and arousal disturbances in enuretic children: are there any effects on the height?

Pietro FERRARA 1, 2 , Valeria SANNICANDRO 1, Alessandra SPAGNOLO 2, Francesca IANNIELLO 1, Antonio RUGGIERO 1

1 Institute of Pediatrics, Catholic University Medical School, Rome, Italy; 2 Service of Pediatrics, Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy



BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to investigate a linkage between nocturnal enuresis (NE), sleep disorders and GH release during childhood.
METHODS: Were recruited 150 patients aged between 5 and 14 years (102 male and 48 female) (G1) affected by primary monosymptomatic-NE and a control group of 150 children aged between 5 and 14 years (80 male and 70 female) (G2). We administered the Epworth Sleepiness Scale-Child Adolescent (ESS-CHAD) to measure the level of daytime sleepiness or average sleep propensity and we collected anthropometric data.
RESULTS: In G1 the average percentiles about weight and height are respectively 66.5 (SD 25.4) and 69.3 (SD 24.4) and in G2 are 68.7 (SD 26.3) and 68.1 (SD 27.5). The unpaired t-test pointed out that there are no significant differences between G1 and G2.
CONCLUSIONS: Our ipothesis needs to be examined in depth in future works.


KEY WORDS: Enuresis - Sleep wake disorders - Arousal - Body height

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