Bladder Wall Thickening: Causes, Treatment for Thick Bladder Wall

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:

  • Fever
  • 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.


  1. Kathy said:

    I just went to the doctor and they did a scan of my bladder and found a tumor. They are going to arrange to have it removed. He also said that it appeared to be benign. Would this cause my lower back to hurt?

    February 6, 2012
  2. PK said:

    After USG of urinary bladder of my father the report shows thickening of wall of urinary bladder and irregularity in size. Haematuria is also detected. Will it be cured fully? Please advise.

    March 22, 2012
  3. FR said:

    My father’s urine test report shows presence of pus cells (full field). The doctor has suggested ultra sound, urine culture and PCR for TB. The ultra sound reports indicate thickening of the bladder wall and presence of mass. PCR test was negative for TB. We are still waiting for urine culture reports. What could be the reason for pus cells in urine?

    March 19, 2014
    • PUP said:

      Presence of large numbers of pus cells in urine indicates urinary tract infection. There are several causes of UTI, in your case it may be related to presence of mass that is noticed on USG. It is necessary to know the nature of mass that is present. Your doctor may suggest a biopsy of the mass present in urinary bladder.

      March 21, 2014
  4. BR said:

    I had a kidney removed in December 2013. It had a tumor of the size of a football. After the surgery, I felt burning sensation in the stomach. I went for a check-up. The doctor told me to go for a CT Scan. The reports showed bladder wall thickening but fortunately not cancerous. Is the thickening of the bladder wall curable with medications? Can we avoid surgery? I have to go to the doctor for the diagnosis next week.

    March 31, 2014
    • PUP said:

      You have mentioned here burning in stomach, but most probably what you mean to say is burning in lower abdomen where the urinary bladder lies. You are fortunate as malignancy is ruled out by your physician. Bladder thickening is also associated with infection in the urinary tract. If it is so, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics which will take care of the infection. Since you are awaiting the diagnosis, few home measures undertaken will help to relieve the symptoms. Drink enough water; avoid excessive tea and coffee as they are known to irritate the bladder. Coconut water is beneficial to reduce burning. Drink one glass of coconut water in a day. Avoid spicy food.

      April 1, 2014
  5. KJ said:

    My age is 50. USG report shows urinary bladder wall has thickened by 0.6 MM. Can it be cured and reduced to its normal size?

    November 12, 2014
    • PUP said:

      There are several reasons for thickening of urinary bladder. It can be due to obstruction in the bladder outlet, the most common reason for this is benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). It is also observed in patients suffering from diabetes, probably due to frequent urinary tract infection etc. If it due to infection, antibiotics are helpful. If it related to enlargement of prostate, medicines for relaxation of sphincter will reasonably reduce the inflammation. However, the best way is to consult an urologist who will be able to recommend the treatment after physical examination.

      November 13, 2014
  6. KE said:

    I am experiencing difficulty in controlling urination since few months. I have cramps in lower area of stomach. Sometimes due to urgency there is leakage of urine. Sometimes I can go even longer without any problem. It does not hurt while peeing. I am a male aged 34 years. As such I am fit and do exercise and running. Is my problem related to thickening of bladder or anything else?

    May 2, 2015
    • PUP said:

      According to your symptoms there seems some problem related in your lower urinary tract which includes bladder and urethra. There may be a stone in the bladder or also thickening which cannot be ruled out until you get examined by a urologist. Infection can also produce some of these symptoms, but as you do not have burning or pain while urinating there is less likelihood of infection. You need thorough investigation for diagnosing the condition. Consult an urologist.

      May 2, 2015
  7. MH said:

    I am a kidney patient and both my kidneys have been damaged. Due to abnormal thickening of my bladder, residue of urine is left after passing the urine. It is damaging my kidney. My creatinin level is 2.8 but luckily I have no symptoms. I want to know whether there is a natural way to reduce bladder thickening and pass urine completely. My doctors opine there is no cure to reduce and rectify bladder thickening.

    May 12, 2015
  8. Alferd said:

    I am 48 years old and my ultrasound sonography report shows urinary bladder wall has thickened. It didn’t entirely empty and I have found difficulty to urinate. I don’t have any infection inside it and I haven not experienced any kind of pain during urination. Can it be cured and reduced to its normal size?

    January 27, 2017
  9. RK said:

    I am 25 years old. Four years back I got TB of the spine. From then I am facing urine incontinence problem. In my recent scanning report, it was found that my urinary bladder wall is increased. Is there any remedy for my problem? What could be the best treatment for urine incontinence?.

    February 21, 2017
  10. SG said:

    I am having excessive frequency of urination at night. I am also experiencing pain in urinary tract while urinating. What is the treatment?

    September 19, 2017
    • PUP said:

      Increased frequency and pain while urinating suggests there can be infection in the urinary tract. First of all you need to do urine routine test in a good laboratory and also check your blood sugar. Do you have any other symptoms such as vomiting or fever? What is your age?

      August 23, 2018

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