After a day of drinking, a 24-year-old young man in Main burst his bladder – tearing a hole in the bladder wall – when he dove into a lake.
Dr. Bradley Gill, a resident in urology at the Cleveland Clinic, said that diving into the water with a full bladder is much like throwing a water balloon on the pavement.
“When you drink alcohol, it causes the body to produce more urine than usual, so that can potentially contribute to the bladder being full,” Dr. Gill stated.
The problem with drunk people is that they do not always realise they have to relieve themselves, Dr. Gill said.
After the incident, the young man went to the emergency room in Maine where he told doctors that he experienced severe pain right after the water dive. His abdomen was tender and looked swollen, the doctors said.
In the report – published in the Visual Diagnosis of Emergency Medicine – doctors Janessa Leger, Matthew Opacic, and George L. Higgins III of the Maine Medical Center in Portland, wrote that the man could not pee at all. Using a catheter they found urine mixed with blood in his bladder.
The doctors took a computed tomography (CT) scan and saw that the surface of the bladder – which usually has a smooth texture – looked torn, having a rupture in the dome (curved top) of the organ. Fortunately, the surgeons managed to successfully stitch up the man’s torn bladder.
About 10 to 20 ounces (300 to 600 millimetres) of fluid can be held by the bladder, a muscular, and distensible (or elastic) organ. According to Dr. Opacic, most bladder ruptures – 35 to 40 percent – occur when to much pressure is applied on the bladder wall.
Dr. Gill says that the leakage of pee into the abdomen is not harmful as long as it is identified and treated in time, because the urine will actually be reabsorbed by the body, and it will be expelled through urination as soon as the bladder starts functioning again.
Bladder ruptures could be avoided by taking regular bathroom breaks – which also help prevent infections of even bladder stones, Dr. Gill said.
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