The standardization of terminology of lower urinary tract function in children and adolescents: Update report from the standardization committee of the International Children's Continence Society

Neurourol Urodyn. 2016 Apr;35(4):471-81. doi: 10.1002/nau.22751. Epub 2015 Mar 14.


Aim: The impact of the original International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) terminology document on lower urinary tract (LUT) function resulted in the global establishment of uniformity and clarity in the characterization of LUT function and dysfunction in children across multiple healthcare disciplines. The present document serves as a stand-alone terminology update reflecting refinement and current advancement of knowledge on pediatric LUT function.

Methods: A variety of worldwide experts from multiple disciplines within the ICCS leadership who care for children with LUT dysfunction were assembled as part of the standardization committee. A critical review of the previous ICCS terminology document and the current literature was performed. Additionally, contributions and feedback from the multidisciplinary ICCS membership were solicited.

Results: Following a review of the literature over the last 7 years, the ICCS experts assembled a new terminology document reflecting current understanding of bladder function and LUT dysfunction in children using the resources from the literature review, expert opinion and ICCS member feedback.

Conclusions: The present ICCS terminology document provides a current and consensus update to the evolving terminology and understanding of LUT function in children. Neurourol. Urodynam. 35:471-481, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords: child; consensus; terminology; urinary bladder/physiology; urination.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / diagnosis*
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / physiopathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Societies, Medical / standards
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Urinary Incontinence / diagnosis*
  • Urinary Incontinence / physiopathology
  • Urology / standards*