September 24th, 2015
New research has emerged linking bladder wall thickness with bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) severity. Researchers studied 236 men with lower urinary tract symptoms and found that when BOO increased, so did bladder wall thickness. The thicker the bladder wall, the more severe the BOO, including symptoms and reduced bladder capacity.
BOO occurs when the base of the bladder is blocked, interrupting urine flow and causing difficulty urinating. BOO ultimately can cause complications, such as urine traveling backward and ultimately leading to urinary problems.
Causes of BOO in men include:
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Posterior urethral valves
Keeping your bladder healthy is a concern – particularly for older men – that isn’t often talked about. There are a few natural ways you can keep your bladder in shape. They include not holding in urine, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking, practicing kegels, being smart about drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages (which cause you to need to urinate quickly) and drinking cranberry juice.
Symptoms of BOO can include:
Constantly feeling like your bladder is full
Frequent urination &/or inability to urinate
Pain during urination
Problems starting urination
Slow urine flow
Urinary tract infection
Urinary intermittency – stop and go urine flow
Waking up to urinate
Nausea, fatigue, and fluid retention if kidney failure occurs
Bladder problems can be hard to diagnose. Testing for bladder wall thickness to determine the severity of BOO is a noninvasive way to diagnose. This research is significant because doctors can test bladder wall thickness to determine the severity of BOO and start treatment quicker as well.
Bladder Wall Thickness
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