Overview

What is it?

A bladder diverticulum is a pouch in the bladder wall, that a person can either be born with or it can develop later in life.

There can be more than one pouch and this occurs mostly in people who develop them later in life – those who are born with it usually only have one and often don’t need treatment.

Causes

Where a bladder diverticulum develops, there are a few causes including:

  • A nerve injury
  • Prior bladder surgery
  • A block in the bladder outlet, which can come from scars in the urethra or a swollen prostate

Older men are more likely to have more than one pouch, as they tend to get more bladder outlet blocks.

Symptoms

Bladder diverticulum often doesn’t present with any symptoms, but a person can have problems urinating, blood in their urine or a urinary tract infection.

Treatment

For patients with diverticula, the treatment will depend on their symptoms and the cause. If there is a urinary obstruction, then this will need to be relieved or removed, and the diverticulum will also need to be removed. Surgery can be done as an open procedure or laparoscopically.

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Mr Rajiv Pillai a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Rajiv Pillai

MSc MS FRCS (Urol) FEBU

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Mr Sam Datta a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Sam Datta

BSc MSc MD FRCS (Urol) PGCME

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Mr Zafar Maan a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Zafar Maan

BSc (Hons) MSc (Urol) MA (Clin Ed) FRCS (Urol)

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