What can be done to manage the enlarged bladder problem and kidney damage?

Topic: Health Care
Author: Robertson, Gary
The bladder, and sometimes the ureters, enlarge because they are continually stretched by the high urine output. This problem may be worsened by consciously suppressing the urge to void ("holding it") in order to diminish urinary frequency. The best way to reduce this problem is to:

  1. employ the dietary and drug treatments to reduce the volume of urine produced, and

  2. void as often as possible to minimize the volume of urine held in the bladder.

In some cases with severe stretching and loss of bladder tone, self-catheterization once or twice a day may also be necessary. Rarely, it is necessary to surgically implant a catheter in the bladder.