What Is a Pseudomonas Bladder Infection?

A pseudomonas bladder infection is the inflammation of the muscular sac in the pelvis that stores urine, caused by the common bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, according to WebMD. People in good health can harbor the bacteria without risk of infection, while those who are weaker or sick are susceptible to contracting a serious or deadly infection. In general, bladder infections, also known as cystitis, occur more frequently in women than in men.

Pseudomonas is a common factor in urinary tract infections, says Health Central. A pseudomonas bladder infection can occur in people who have undergone urologic manipulation or obstructive uropathy. In addition, people with burns or puncture wounds may contract a serious pseudomonas infection of the urinary tract, notes WebMD. Other potential risk factors for getting such an infection include contaminated IV needles or catheters that allow the bacteria into the body.

A pseudomonas bladder infection can respond to antibiotic treatment. However, many infections may resist antibiotics that kill bacteria, making them difficult to treat, explains WebMD. If the pseudomonas spreads through the blood in a condition called septicemia, it can produce symptoms including fatigue, high fever, chills, confusion and shock. In certain cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the infected tissues.