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Differential diagnosis of bladder wall thickening

The first consideration in developing a differential diagnosis for bladder wall thickening is to determine 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:

  • artifact: 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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