Dysfunctional voiding linked to asthma in children

Turkish researchers compared 178 children aged 4–10 years with 197 healthy subjects. They found asthma increased the odds of suspected dysfunctional voiding by almost six times. The authors believed this was due to the stress on the pelvic floor as a result of repeated coughing and forced exhalation. They suggested screening children with asthma. 

“The early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of DV will prevent complications including upper urinary tract infections, vesicoureteral reflux and even renal failure,” they wrote. 

Arch Dis Child 2013; online 2 Feb