Bladder polyps are the growth in the lining of the urinary bladder. The incidence of bladder polyp is high in men compared to women. In most cases, bladder polyps are cancerous growth.
This noninvasive cauliflower like lesion protrudes in the hollow of the urinary bladder.
Symptoms Of Urinary Bladder Polyps
While in many cases bladder polyp does not exhibit any symptom in the early stage, the common symptom of bladder polyp is passing blood in urine.
The other frequently encountered symptom for bladder poly is increased frequency of urination. Pain while passing urine is also associated when there is polyp in the bladder.
However there are many other causes in the urinary tract that have similar symptoms. Therefore in a true sense bladder polyp can only be confirmed after investigation.
When you complain of passage of red urine, the first thing your doctor will advise you to do is a plain urine examination. If this reveals red blood cells, he may further advise you to do sonography and other advanced imaging techniques such as MRI. In almost all the cases these two imaging techniques can detect the bladder polyp.
Causes Of Bladder Polyps
The cause of bladder polyp is not known.However the risk factor for bladder is smoking and exposure to industrial chemicals. The average age for its occurrence is under 55 years.
A parasitic infestation called schistosomiasis can cause bladder polyps. It happens when the parasite releases eggs that can attach on the wall of the bladder which eventually leads to polyp and later on into a cancerous growth. This condition is commonly seen in developing countries.
Treatment For Bladder Polyps
Once identified with imaging techniques, the next thing your doctor will suggest is to get it removed for a biopsy or its total removal. It is done to detect whether the polyp growth is cancerous or benign. The procedure requires cystoscopy. It involves insertion of an instrument or a tube called cystoscope through the urethra into the bladder to visualize its interior lining.
Once located, the doctor scrapes out the tumor with the help of cystoscope and removes it for histopathological examination. If the polyp is found to be cancerous, he may install chemotherapy agents in the bladder.
In limited cases the polyp can be invasive and they proliferate deep into the muscles of the bladder. If the invasiveness of the tumor is confirmed by biopsy, then surgical removal of the bladder might be necessary. Early detection of the polyp gives good result.
Herbal treatment can be used as a complementary treatment in conjunction with conventional treatment. It should be taken after consulting an herbalist.
- Garlic complements to immunotherapy.
- Green tea has cancer fighting properties. It may possibly cut off the blood vessels that feed the tumor.
- Siberian ginseng slows the growth rate of the cancer and stimulates the immune system to fight the cancer cells.
- A person who has bladder polyps should avoid eating raw shiitake mushrooms. They should also avoid herbs that increase estrogen production.
- Cat’s claw tincture is useful in increasing the white blood cell count that has decreased after chemotherapy. It can be taken by an adult and non pregnant person.