Ruptured urinary bladder in a heifer. Academic Article uri icon


  • A yearling Holstein heifer was admitted with abdominal pain and bilateral, ventral abdominal distention. Bladder rupture was diagnosed by abdominocentesis and endoscopy. Correction of metabolic derangements was accomplished by volume diuresis, with maintenance of a urethral catheter before surgical repair of the bladder. The cause of the bladder rupture was believed to be related to adhesions resulting from previous surgery for urachal abscessation. Bladder rupture, which usually occurs in bulls or steers secondary to urolithiasis or in cows after dystocia, also should be considered in prepartum heifers with dehydration, abdominal pain, and abdominal distention.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Roussel, A. J., & Ward, D. S.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Roussel, AJ||Ward, DS

publication date

  • June 1985