Voiding Dysfunction Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Oct 22, 2021
  • Author: Christopher S Cooper, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Marc Cendron, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Voiding disorder symptoms caused by local factors usually clear after the irritant is removed and the local inflammation subsides. Local factors include the following:

  • Detergents in bubble bath or shampoo, which may remove protective secretions from the urethral mucosa
  • Mechanical and chemical irritation from urine-soaked underclothes
  • Local irritation due to tight undergarments

Constipation can be the primary or contributing cause of a voiding disorder; therefore, constipation should always be considered in the evaluation of a child with voiding symptoms.

Differential Diagnoses