Case report: Acute peritonitis from non-traumatic rupture of the bladder

  • A Makni
  • Y Ben Safta
  • W Rebai
  • F Fetirich
  • M Jouini
  • M Kacem
  • Z Ben Safta
Keywords: Bladder, Rupture, Peritonitis


Spontaneous bladder rupture (SBR) is rare. This entity occurs outside of any traumatic context. A 70 years-old man was admitted for acute peritonitis, acute urinary retention and hematuria. Laparotomy and exploration showed acute generalized peritonitis related to a centimeter hole in the bladder dome. Peritoneal lavage was done with biopsy of the perforation edges, a cystostomy and suturing of the bladder. The immediate postoperative course was uneventful. The etiological investigation revealed a locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancer. The evolution was rapidly fatal and the patient’s death occurred two months later due to metastatic disease. The causes, diagnosis and treatment of SBR are reviewed by the authors.

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