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Excess fluid in bladder: prostate or dropsy?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 7, 2007
  • 01:57 PM

I went to hospital in December as I was out of breath climbing stairs. They kept me nearly 24 hrs doing various tests and concluded that I have atrial fibrillation (briefly, uneven heart rhythm). Then another group of specialists wheeled me off to an ultrasound scanner and there they found that I had an enlarged bladder. Diagnosis: I must have a large prostate gland which should be operated on.

Since then, I was scheduled for a prostate operation which was suspended while the hospital put me on Warfarin (blood 'thinner') and plan to do a DC Cardioversion op (electrically, aim to stabilize rhythm and correct the speed) at the end of May.


At the hospital, they ignored the fact I had swollen feet, ankles and legs as well as having trouble breathing when I was laying down. This was picked up by my GP after discharge from hospital, who put me on Frusemide (Furosemide) pills. Frusemide is a diueretic, which I stil take, and it soon cleared the excess fluid from ankles, feet, legs and lungs.

Question: Could the excess fluid have affected my bladder and distorted the results from the ultrasound scan?

Note that prior to my visiting hospital, my urination was pretty well normal in terms of its speed of flow and quantity. No problems.

Thank-you for your time and for any ideas you might offer.


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