Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome

Also known as: abnormal voiding of urine, abnormal defecation.

What is dysfunctional elimination syndrome?

Dysfunctional elimination syndrome is a condition found in children that refers to problems either urinating or defecating normally. It can involve bladder control, bowel control or both and can range in severity.

What causes dysfunctional elimination syndrome? 

Dysfunctional elimination syndrome is often related to an underlying medical condition such as urinary tract infection (UTI), neurological disorders, congenital problems and others.

What are the symptoms of dysfunctional elimination syndrome? 

The problems related to dysfunctional elimination syndrome can occur during the day or at night. They may be accompanied by frequent urinary tract infections, constipation, overactive bladder and other problems.

What are dysfunctional elimination syndrome care options? 

Behavior modifications such as regulating fluid intake, establishing a regular bathroom schedule, Kegel exercises and eating more fiber can all help with dysfunctional elimination syndrome. Medications can also be helpful in managing the condition.

Reviewed by: Mariarita Salvitti, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/9/2018 8:35:36 AM