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DiseasesDB 30912

Pneumaturia is the passage of gas or "air" in urine. This may be seen or described as "bubbles in the urine".


Emphysematous cystitis in computertomography

A common cause of pneumaturia is colovesical fistula (communication between the colon and bladder). These may occur as a complication of diverticular disease.

Other key differentials:

Male scuba divers utilizing condom catheters or the female divers utilizing She-p external catching device for their dry suits are also susceptible to pneumaturia.[1]


Diagnosis is made with the help of CT scan, which shows the inflammatory diverticular mass. It should be followed by sigmoidoscopy to rule out cancer.


  1. ^ Harris, Richard (December 2009). "Genitourinary infection and barotrauma as complications of 'P-valve' use in drysuit divers". Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine : the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society 39 (4): 210–2. PMID 22752741. Retrieved 2013-04-04.