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A 37-year-old male asked:

if the urinary bladder doesn't fill with urine for 4 years due to bilateral obstruction , does it compeletely lose it's function?.

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
No: If the bladder was otherwise functionally normal before urinary diversion, it has the potential ability to regain normal function with time and proper bladder training. Usually the bladder capacity is very small and limited at first because of being empty of urine for so long but improves over time.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Bladder: Dysfunction of the urinary bladder occurs with various problems like neurogenic bladder syndromes or obstruction of bladder outlet by prostate disorders. In long-standing cases the bladder can lose much muscle tone that urinary passage is severely impaired and catheterization is needed. In outlet obstruction, retention occurs despite muscle hypertrophy. I'm sure you've had some flow in 4yrs

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