J Korean Med Assoc.  2015 Oct;58(10):892-896. 10.5124/jkma.2015.58.10.892.


  • 1Department of Urology, Myongji Hospital, Seonam University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea.
  • 2Department of Urology, Samsung Medical Center, School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. ksleedr@skku.edu
  • 3Department of Medical Device Management and Research, Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences & Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.


Nocturia is currently defined as the complaint that an individual has to wake at night > or =1 times to void. Nocturia is a highly prevalent and bothersome condition, associated with serious medical conditions, as well as increased mortality risk. However, it remains an underreported, underdiagnosed, and undertreated condition, with many patients accepting it as a natural consequence of aging. Therefore nocturia as a condition deserves public health attention. Nocturia is a multifactorial condition that can coexist with other lower urinary tract symptoms, and the most common causal factor is nighttime overproduction of urine. Recent studies have improved our understanding of nocturia while introducing a growing number of therapeutic options. This paper aims to review the classification, etiology, evaluation and treatment of nocturia to help healthcare providers better serve patients who have nocturia.


Nocturia; Aged; Lower urinary tract symptoms
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