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What does incidental mean on CT scan for bladder wall thickening?

What does incidental mean on CT scan for bladder wall thickening?

Probably nothing: Incidental findings are things we see on imaging, just because we're looking at the anatomy, and are not related to the primary reason for the study. Most often they are of little concern. Ask your doctor if you should be concerned. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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What could cause circumferential thickening of the bladder wall? Ct scan said mine was 8mm...I read that this is above norm. Is that true?

What could cause circumferential thickening of the bladder wall? Ct scan said mine was 8mm...I read that this is above norm. Is that true?

Upper limit: Of normal for bladder thickness is 5-6 mm. Thickening can occur from multiple causes. From your symptoms I would suspect increased internal bladder pressure from prostate enlargement (causing the wall to thicken) or inflammation/infection of the bladder (cystitis). A urologist can help sort this out. ...Read more

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39 yo male. Pain in the lower left quadrant of abdomen for 2 years. Ct scan unremarkable except shows bladder wall thickening. Could this be cause?

39 yo male. Pain in the lower left quadrant of abdomen for 2 years. Ct scan unremarkable except shows bladder wall thickening. Could this be cause?

Depends: Focal bladder wall thickening or inflammation is not normal. If the bladder is not full, the wall will frequently look mildly diffusely thickened which is a normal finding. You should have your doctor review this with the radiologist. ...Read more

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Had a ct scan revealled I had 2 mm stone but they are worried about thickening of the bladder and want me infor a camera op is that serious?

Had a ct scan revealled I had 2 mm stone but they are worried about thickening of the bladder and want me infor a camera op is that serious?

Cystoscopy: Thickening of the bladder wall can be normal if the CT was taken when your bladder wasn't full. But it can also be caused by infection or cancer. This is not to get you worried, but to say that it can be many different things. Your doctor wants to put a camera shaped like a small tube through the urethra to look directly at the bladder wall (cystoscope) and make sure everything is ok. ...Read more

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32 yr old male with UTI from e coli. What could cause this? Was at a water park recently. Ct scan good. Showed mild bladder wall thickening.

32 yr old male with UTI from e coli. What could cause this? Was at a water park recently. Ct scan good. Showed mild bladder wall thickening.

Not from water park.: It is extremely unlikely that you would receive any innoculation of bacteria from exposure in a water park that could traverse your (male) urethra to cause an infection. Without a stone, I would suggest that you were likely dehydrated. Have you had any infections before? You may need to be evaluated for subclinical prostatitis that could manifest as bladder outlet obstruction/bladder thickening. ...Read more

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A recent CT scan revealed bladder wall thickening, and my last two urine cultures showed "moderate" and "heavy" blood. What could this mean?

A recent CT scan revealed bladder wall thickening, and my last two urine cultures showed "moderate" and "heavy" blood. What could this mean?

See a urologist: There are many possibilities, but a few potentially bad ones need to be ruled-out. Somebody your age with bladder wall thickening and blood in their urine should have this worked up by a urologist. ...Read more

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I recently had an abdominal ct scan. The report states that the bladder wall is mildly thickened. What does that mean?

I recently had an abdominal ct scan. The report states that the bladder wall is mildly thickened. What does that mean?

Probably nothing: What symptoms?
do you smoke?
Any family history of bladder cancer?
A lot more questions need to be answered before a doctor can give you a real answer. ...Read more

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Ct scan. Minimal air trappin at lung bases. Mild pectus enteric assessment. Bladder wall thickening. L.ovarian functional cyct 3.4. plz Explaination drs.

Ct scan. Minimal air trappin at lung bases. Mild pectus enteric assessment. Bladder wall thickening. L.ovarian functional cyct 3.4. plz Explaination drs.

Nothing acute: Air trapping indicates something like asthma or COPD. Pectus implies a curve in sternum or breast bone. Bladder wall thickness may be due to partially distended. Small ovarian cyst normal for women your age. Enteric assessment evaluate stomach. Should talk to your doctor ...Read more

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Recent CT scan: non-obstr kidney stone, diverticulitis, thickening of bladder. Have to wait 2wks for followup, despite blood in urine/pain. Is ths ok?

Recent CT scan: non-obstr kidney stone, diverticulitis, thickening of bladder. Have to wait 2wks for followup, despite blood in urine/pain. Is ths ok?

IF this is: Diverticulitis with secondary inflammation of your bladder or possible fistula to your bladder from the diverticulitis, you need to be on 2 weeks of antibiotics and a no fiber diet and you need follow up with a colorectal surgeon 2 weeks into the process. The diet above is critical if this has a chance to resolve without surgery. ...Read more

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My CT scan shows low potassium and thickening of the bladder walls what does this look like for me?

My CT scan shows low potassium and thickening of the bladder walls what does this look like for me?

Need more info.: It's impossible for a ct scan or any imaging modality to show low potassium (k+). Many conditions and medications can lead to low k+. A thickened bladder wall can also be secondary to various conditions, most comonly to bladder outlet obstruction. Unfortunately, it is difficult to give you an answer which such little info and with only 400 characters, well you get the pic. ...Read more

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I had a cat scan done on Jan. 1st and was told I had a thickening bladder. My urine test came back and the results were the same. Exactly what is it?

I had a cat scan done on Jan. 1st and was told I had a thickening bladder. My urine test came back and the results were the same. Exactly what is it?

Subjective finding: Diagnosis of thickening of bladder is very subjective and depends on how full the bladder is during examination. Lower volumes can produce false appearance of thickening of bladder. True thickening of bladder noted when bladder full can be related to infection, neurogenic bladder, and sometimes tumor. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan without contrast show a tumor in your bladder?

Can a CT scan without contrast show a tumor in your bladder?

It may: But a contrast enhanced study would be more sensitive. If concerned, see a urologist for full evaluation and diagnostic work-up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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CT Scan result: "bladder is entirely decompressed" what does it mean? Full? Empty? Is this good or bad?

Means empty b: Depends upon when you last voided, and the reason the exam is being done, and the phase of the exam. Best to go over results with your Dr. ...Read more

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Ct scan on my kidneys and bladder, how is this done?

Ct scan on my kidneys and bladder, how is this done?

Short exam: Ct is a relatively short exam taking less than 10 minutes. You will be placed in a donut like ring but it is not the small space like with an MRI so you should not feel claustrophobic. You will most likely be given IV contrast to better see the kidneys and urinary tract. Depending on the specific protocol, up to 2-3 separate scans are taken at different time points. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would a CT scan on my kidneys and bladder tell me?

What would a CT scan on my kidneys and bladder tell me?

Ct kidney: Ct can diagnose numerous kidney/bladder abnormalities, for example tumors, stones, obstruction, anatomic anomalies, inflammation, scarring, and abnormalities of other intraabdominal structures. ...Read more

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Can a small dot of air in the bladder on a CT scan be the result of a catheter I had 3 months ago?

Can a small dot of air in the bladder on a CT scan be the result of a catheter I had 3 months ago?

Doubtful: It would be rather unlikely for there to be persistence of air in the bladder from a catheterization after 3 months. Other possibilities would include urinary infection, a fistula between the bowel and the bladder, or introduction of air by oral-genital contact. ...Read more

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I'm 23, male, had CT scan show a lesion of a few millimeters on bladder. No other symptoms. What are the odds this is cancer? What else could this be?

I'm 23, male, had CT scan show a lesion of a few millimeters on bladder. No other symptoms. What are the odds this is cancer? What else could this be?

Need cystoscopy. ..: I assumed the reason for having CT was blood in urine or bacterial urinary tract infection. So, thus far, you need a direct look at the whole interior of the bladder to make sure this tiny lesion of few mm is a tumor or a false image (this is possible). For a 23-y-o man, a malignant lesion is not highm but still possible; I have seen a low-grade malignant tumor in a man as young as 18 yrs old. ...Read more

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What does it mean when CT scan says gall bladder not fully distended?

What does it mean when CT scan says gall bladder not fully distended?

Not significant: A non-distended gall bladder is not abnormal. It is reported but has no significance. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of "urinary bladder incompletely distended" CT scan? Frequent urgency w/ max output 250cc often color is dark 31yr old male

Not useful: Degree or bladder distention on ct is a variable finding of no clinical usefulness. Advise you see a urologist to assess symptoms of frequency. ...Read more

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Is an bladder ultrasound/ not a CT scan sufficient enough to show if you have bladder stones in your bladder?

Is an bladder ultrasound/ not a CT scan sufficient enough to show if you have bladder stones in your bladder?

Yes: The ultrasound can actually show non-calcified stones that may be more difficult to see on ct. Plus, there is no radiation exposure to your ovaries! ...Read more

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I'm fem 36, I have a prob. Of freq. Urination. After doing CT scan it shows that my urinary bladder is always full. I take medics but no results yet.

I'm fem 36, I have a prob. Of freq. Urination. After doing CT scan it shows that my urinary bladder is always full. I take medics but no results yet.

Frequency: There are many possibilities. I would recommend you be evaluated by a urologist. There are some simple office tests that can clarify if you actually have a problem with your bladder. ...Read more

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Had CT wo contrast of kidneys to look for stones, also had urine checked and fine. Forgot to ask if bladder showed up in CT scan, would it have? CT nrml

Had CT wo contrast of kidneys to look for stones, also had urine checked and fine. Forgot to ask if bladder showed up in CT scan, would it have? CT nrml

Yes, but as a "void": (No pun intended). The bladder, if filled with water, would have shown up on the noncontrast CT scan. The water appears "black", & so not much detail would have been seen there unless a large "white" stone was also present. As with any test, a "normal" scan could be a false negative (missing a small stone or other problem), but in general, a negative scan is reassuring. Best of luck for your healt ...Read more

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I went to the dr yesterday because ive been having pain when I need to urinate, he did a CT scan and saw that my bladder wall was thick. Should I worr?

I went to the dr yesterday because ive been having pain when I need to urinate, he did a CT scan and saw that my bladder wall was thick. Should I worr?

Cystitis: Bladder wall commonly thickened when there's acute cystitis or bladder infection. Depending on your age and other risks factors such as smoking or family history, bladder cancer may also be considered. You would need to see a urologist for cystoscope if you have above risk factors or symptoms persist ...Read more

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I'm allergic to the contrast dye, but could a CT scan still detect bladder cancer?

Maybe: Although ct scans are an excellent radiographic study, they can easily miss small bladder masses. If one should have a very large bladder mass, it will likely be seen. However, a cystoscopy is still required because the mass seen on ct scan does not neccessarily mean cancer. A tissue diagnosis with a biopsy is still required to make the definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I tell if kidney stone has transited from ureter to bladder by change in symptoms? CT scan shows a 4mm stone 1.5 CM from bladder.

Can I tell if kidney stone has transited from ureter to bladder by change in symptoms? CT scan shows a 4mm stone 1.5 CM from bladder.

See answer: The only true accurate means of determining whether a ureteral calculus has passed is to retrieve it by straining your urine. The chance of spontaneous passage of a 4mm stone ~50-60%. Onset of symptoms of urinary urgency, frequency, burning, voiding small volumes usually indicates the stone is at the UVJ (ureter meets bladder). The absence or disappearance of pain does not guarantee stone passage. ...Read more

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I have had bladder issues and low back pain. I had a CT scan which indicated I have a duplicated collecting system. Could this cause problems?

I have had bladder issues and low back pain. I had a CT scan which indicated I have a duplicated collecting system. Could this cause problems?

It depends: On the extent of the duplication. Most duplications are incomplete, cause no symptoms, and are incidental findings. Some duplications, particularly complete duplications, can predispose to infection, reflux, or obstruction. Talk to your doc about whether your duplication anomaly might be significant. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more