Forget a leak, this one burst.
Many of us have had to hold it. Whether it’s happened while stuck in a queue at the mall, during a class or meeting, or late at night when the bathroom just seems too far from comfort.
A man from Zhejiang, China, identified only by his surname, Hu, has ruptured his bladder after holding his urine for 18 hours, Mail Online reports.
The 40-year-old allegedly fell into a deep slumber after consuming more than 10 bottles of beer on a night out.
Hu reportedly didn’t go to the bathroom before falling asleep.
When he woke up from his drunken stupor, he started experiencing intense abdominal pain. The pain was so intense, Hu was unable to relieve himself of the urine and unable to lie flat.
After being rushed to a hospital, doctors and medics were shocked to find that his bladder had burst as it had three severe tears, VICE reports.
Doctors confirmed the damage was caused by increased pressure inside the bladder
To make matters worse, one of the tears had ruptured into his abdomen, forcing part of his intestines to spill into his bladder.
Luckily for the patient, surgeons Wei Hansong, Xu Qi and Chen Rong were able to perform emergency surgery and fix the tears and the abdominal complication, News18 reports.
He’s since been discharged from hospital and has made a complete recovery, according to NY Post.
Doctors recommend emptying one’s bladder regularly, VICE reports. A healthy bladder can hold two cups of urine (500ml) before it’s considered full. It can take up to 10 hours to produce two cups of urine and that’s how long one is able to go without urinating before worrying about organ damage.
Alcohol can make you urinate more than the same volume of water because alcohol increases the production of urine. It suppresses the hormones that signal the kidney to stop making urine, which causes the kidney to filter out more liquid waste
The bladder is a hollow organ, which stores urine and liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine travels from each kidney to the bladder through a tube known as the ureter. The waste leaves the bladder through another tube known as the urethra, through which it exits the body.
Pressure is exerted on the bladder walls as it fills with urine coming from the kidney. This is experienced as the feeling when you need to urinate. This response triggers the brain to send a message to the layer of muscle in the lining of the bladder, causing it to tighten or contract. When the muscle layer contracts, the urine is forced to flow out of the bladder.
The muscle that surrounds the urethra relaxes simultaneously, allowing the urine to flow out of the body.