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Ketamine Bladder Removal Risk identified -

Reported by Tristan Ingram on February 10, 2009

British doctors and drugs researchers announced this week that they’ve uncovered a significant link between ketamine use and serious urinary problems, following an investigation by the BBC.

Symptoms of damage included ‘wanting to go to the toilet all the time, often getting up in the night as many as 30 times, and finding the process agonising’, the BBC reported, while David Gillatt, a consultant urologist at Southmead Hospital revealed that some K users have required ‘major surgery to remove the bladder’.

"These people are often in their teens through to 20s, maybe 30s at the oldest,” said Dr Gillatt, “And that's something they'll have to live with for the rest of their days."

Dr Gillatt’s experiences matched those of fellow British urological expert Dr Angela Cottrell who raised the issue in Mixmag in October last year.

“In these cases (of ketamine users with severe urinary problems) the only option we have is to remove the bladder,” she said,  “Which means the patient is stuck with a urostomy bag for the rest of their life.”

The dire consequences of bladder removal (cystectomy) are further outlined by the Christie Foundation in a booklet published online by the NHS cancer specialists.

“When major surgery is carried out, such as a cystectomy operation, the nerves that supply the penis are affected,” the booklet reveals, “This means that the ability to obtain an erection is lost. This effect is usually permanent in most men,” says Christies. (Cystectomy information- very alarming)

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