Bladder Wall Thickening Causes
The urinary bladder is a pouch that collects urine from the kidneys. As a result of certain conditions, the bladder wall thickens.
Thickened bladder wall causes could be any of the following:
- Inflammation due to urinary tract infection can cause thickening. This is because the infected tissue accumulates fluids, pus, and other inflammatory debris that makes it swell and look dense.
- Benign, non-cancerous tissue growths such as tumor can also be a cause.
- One very dangerous cause is a cancer. The hallmark of cancer is malignancy where there is a rapid tissue growth that might cause thickening.
Symptoms of Bladder Wall Thickening
Aside from thick bladder wall, other symptoms include the following:
- Pain felt during urination
- Urgency or difficulty in passing out urine
- Passing out of blood streaks or cloudy urine
- Foul smelling urine
Together with these symptoms and diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and x-ray imaging, and biopsy, the causes will be determined.
Bladder Wall Thickening Treatment
The treatment depends on the causes:
- Urinary tract infection can be cured from adapting an acidic diet (to acidify the urine), increasing fluid intake, proper hygiene, take pain relievers, avoiding caffeine and foods that irritate the bladder, and antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
- As for tumors, your doctor might prescribe medications to dissolve it or you may choose to have it removed through surgery.
- Malignancy is treated with surgery and chemotherapeutic drugs.