[Recurrent spontaneous bladder rupture associated with alcohol abuse: presentation of a new case]

Arch Esp Urol. 2002 Sep;55(7):849-52.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: Idiopathic spontaneous bladder rupture is a low incidence clinical entity. We perform a literature review and report a recurrent case, with special attention to its physiopathology mainly if associated with alcohol abuse.

Methods: We report the case of a patient with recurrent spontaneous bladder rupture associated with alcohol abuse. The presentation of this case is uncommon.

Results: 53 year old male with history of chronic alcohol abuse who presented with abdominal pain and renal failure.

Conclusions: Spontaneous bladder rupture is the cause of acute abdomen and acute renal failure. Idiopathic rupture associated with substance abuse has proper clinical characteristics that make it to be considered a different entity than other causes of spontaneous bladder rupture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen, Acute / etiology
  • Alcoholism / complications*
  • Diuresis / drug effects
  • Emergencies
  • Ethanol / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Laparotomy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Rupture, Spontaneous
  • Urinary Bladder Diseases / etiology*
  • Urinary Bladder Diseases / surgery
  • Urinary Retention / chemically induced


  • Ethanol