Pear shaped bladder on CT

Case contributed by Dr Vikas Shah


Stab injury to left lower abdomen

Patient Data

Age: Young adult
Gender: Male

Delayed phase contrast enhanced CT

Delayed acquisition following contrast administration to evaluate the ureters and urinary bladder.

No ureteric or bladder injury. but the bladder is compressed laterally leading to its odd shape, similar to a pear. The cause here is an extraperitoneal hematoma secondary to venous injury.


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Case Discussion

A pear-shaped bladder can result from extraperitoneal hematoma, lymphadenopathy, lymphoceles or lipomatosis.

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Case information

rID: 31249
Published: 28th Sep 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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