Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Elimination Disorders

  • Cynthia RolstonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9215




Clinical disorders characterized by inability to control bowel and/or bladder function. Individuals with elimination disorders experience repeated episodes of incontinence, inappropriate or involuntary voiding beyond the chronologic and developmental point that consistent control would be expected. Between ages 2 and 3, most children in the USA are able to maintain nighttime bowel, daytime bowel, daytime bladder, and finally, nighttime bladder control, in that order. The inappropriate voiding behavior may be voluntary, involuntary, or a combination of both, but is not attributable to medication effect, substance use, or general medical condition.

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PM&RVirginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of VirginiaRichmondUSA