Bladder wall thickening (differential)

Differential diagnosis for bladder wall thickening depends on whether the bladder is adequately distended. The bladder wall may be thickened if:

  • >3 mm when distended
  • >5 mm when nondistended

If the bladder is not distended, then it is difficult to exclude artifactual thickening from a collapsed bladder

If the bladder wall is adequately distended, then a differential may be developed based on whether the bladder is diffusely thickened or focally thickened:

Diffuse bladder wall thickening
Focal bladder wall thickening
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Article information

rID: 32648
System: Urogenital
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Urinary bladder wall thickening (differential)
  • Bladder wall thickening
  • Urinary bladder wall thickening
  • Bladder wall thickness

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