What are the symptoms of a bladder fistula?

Urinary incontinence is a primary symptom of a bladder fistula, because the fistula's opening can leave you unable to control the flow of urine from the bladder. Women may also leak urine through the vagina, leading to thin liquid discharge, irritation, vaginitis, or cystitis. Passing gas or stool through the urinary tract are rarer symptoms of a bladder fistula. They occur when a vesicoenteric fistula opens between the bladder and intestine. Because the intestines contain both gas and stool, the fistula can allow these to pass into the urinary tract.

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Bladder Disease

The main function of your bladder is to store and release urine. Your bladder is located in your lower abdomen and collects urine from your kidneys. As the bladder fills, nerves in the bladder tell you that you need to urinate. Bl...

adder diseases can cause pain and affect the way your bladder functions. Bladder problems and diseases include urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder cancer and loss of bladder control. Bacteria can cause infection in the urinary tract and the bladder. There are ways you can prevent bladder infection. See your doctor if you are having bladder problems. Many bladder problems are treatable and symptoms will not go away if you ignore them. Treatments vary, depending on your bladder problem. Tests used by doctors to diagnose bladder diseases include urine tests and x-rays.
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