Bladder wall thickening (differential)

Dr Yahya Baba and Dr Matt A. Morgan et al.

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

Article information

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

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