Emphysematous Cystitis: An Unusual Cause of Septic Shock

Younes Ait Tamlihat, Jean-Louis Le Bivic, Gilles Lardillon, Abdelhak Hakim


Emphysematous cystitis is a rare disease characterized by the presence of gas in the bladder wall and/or cavity. It predominates in diabetic women and its clinical symptoms are varied. We report a case of emphysematous cystitis in an unbalanced diabetic patient, discovered at the stage of septic shock and multivisceral failure following a cardiac decompensation with a rapidly unfavorable evolution. We suggest a probable role of low cardiac output in the genesis of this pathology in some patients.

J Med Cases. 2022;13(1):44-46
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jmc3874


Emphysematous cystitis; Physiopathology; Infection; Septic shock

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