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my mother n law is a 73 year old woman with diabetes and now was told her bladder is inflammed what are the are the risks and also treatments that are availabe to her.

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Hi LysAri,

Treatment depends upon the cause of the inflammation.  It may be an infection and treated by antibiotics.  It can also indicate diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, allergies, or be caused by some drugs.

Interstitial cystitis, a chronic and painful bladder inflammation can be very difficult to treat.

Does she use a catheter?  That can be a cause.

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Especially in older ladies, a bladder infection can be something quite dangerous. If it is not treated right away and appropriately, it can lead to serious dehydration and complete confusion. Basically, being out of this world and delirious. My own mother had this and it was very frightening at the time. She had to be hospitalized, and it was touch and go for a little while. The treatment was intravenous antibiotics and rehydration. She was in hospital for about four days. The first day there wasn't much improvement but afterwards you could see her getting better by the hour. 

And this is not a one-off, it is very common in elderly people, especially ladies, and it MUST be taken seriously.

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