air in bladder

I had a cat scan and they found air in my bladder is that a concern?

Question: I recently had


I recently had a gastric bypass and two weeks after having it I am having abdominal pain. My doctor did a CT scan to make sure I didn`t tear something or wasn`t getting an abcess. Niether was the case, but they did find an air bubble in my bladder.

What can I do for this and is this something I should worry about? My INR was 6.7 so that was the biggest concern for a possible tear. They stopped my coumadin and gave me vitamin K, but i was just a little curious about the bladder issue. Thank you.


One thing that comes to my mind from your description is whether an abnormal connection between the bladder and the intestine may have developed since your surgery. When this happens, air from the intestine can enter the bladder.

Another thought would be a possible bladder infection where bacteria that produce gas enter and grow in the bladder and cause air bubbles.

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Cystitis usually produces a frequent, urgent need to urinate and a burning or painful sensation while urinating. These symptoms usually develop over several hours or a day. The urgent need to urinate may cause an uncontrollable loss of urine (urge incontinence), especially in older people. Fever is rarely present. Pain is usually felt above the pubic bone and often in the lower back as well. Frequent urination during the night (nocturia) may be another symptom. The urine is often cloudy and contains visible blood in about 30% of people.

Air can be passed in the urine (pneumaturia) when infection results from an abnormal connection between the bladder and the intestine or the vagina (fistula).

Dr Blake provided some

Dr Blake provided some useful info.

I agree a UA is a logical next step.

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