Urinary incontinence in obese adolescent girls

Severity, and impact of incontinence in obese compared to non-obese girls

Betsy Schwartz


Key concepts

Scholarcy highlights

  • Subjects aged 12–17 years each completed a 29-item questionnaire assessing urinary symptoms and their impact
  • Significant urinary incontinence was defined as involuntary urine leakage at least once weekly
  • Urinary incontinence affects more than 10% of obese adolescent girls
  • Frequency and volume of urine loss are directly related to the impact that incontinence has on the sufferer
  • Results highlight the importance of screening for symptoms of urinary incontinence in obese girls

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