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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 303498, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/303498
Case Report

Bladder Diverticulitis: A Case Report

St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, 801 Ostrum St, Bethlehem, PA 18055, USA

Received 26 June 2011; Accepted 27 July 2011

Academic Editor: P. Iannone

Copyright © 2011 Michael Silberman and Rebecca Jeanmonod. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Bladder diverticulum, an outpouching of the mucosa through the muscular wall of the bladder, is a multifactorial disease process that can be either acquired or congenital. Although small diverticuli are usually asymptomatic, a large diverticulum may result in hematuria, urinary tract infection, acute abdomen due to its rupture, acute urinary retention, or neoplasm formation. We describe the case of an elderly gentleman who presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain and was ultimately diagnosed with bladder diverticulitis, a disease not previously described in the literature.