In short, it simply means that there wasn’t anything of concern found in your test. But it doesn’t guarantee perfect health.
When encountering medical jargon, it can feel like you need a translator for a foreign language. Even a mundane statement can cause anxiety if you don’t know what it means. No one wants to receive a troubling diagnosis. But sometimes, you might be worrying for no reason.
For example, many times when a person receives good test results, the technical language used to describe the information can make it seem like something is wrong. If you’ve ever received a diagnosis that stated your results were “unremarkable,” you might have been left scratching your head.
Let’s break down what this means for your overall health and prognosis.
Simply put, if your doctor or urologist says that you have an unremarkable urinary bladder, it’s a good thing.
It means that they were unable to see or feel anything through a physical exam or scan that would suggest further review is required. But this doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be other health concerns that don’t involve your bladder.
The term “unremarkable” isn’t unique to the bladder and can be used for any organ, tissue, or specimen that is being reviewed either through a physical exam, X-ray, or scan. Sometimes your doctor might use the word “normal” instead. But both still mean the same thing.
However, keep in mind that “unremarkable” is not the same as your doctor saying “nothing is wrong” — just that they don’t see any reason for further examination.
Grossly unremarkable and more uses
If — without the use of a microscope or scanning technology — a physician performs a physical exam and finds nothing visibly wrong with you, they can use the term “grossly unremarkable.” This just means that after performing a visual review with the naked eye, they were unable to find anything visibly wrong.
Meanwhile, “morphologically unremarkable” typically refers to blood or specimen samples that undergo lab testing. As with the other usages, this phrase would imply that your lab results didn’t have any abnormalities which might suggest more testing is needed.
Similarly, “structurally unremarkable” would imply that your bladder — or any organ or body part being reviewed — doesn’t have any abnormalities and appears normal on a visual test like an ultrasound or other imaging test.
What is the difference between ‘normal’ and ‘unremarkable’?
Unremarkable is a medical phrase used to define exam or scan results that are not abnormal.
This doesn’t imply that a patient is perfectly healthy or that other concerns aren’t present in other areas of the body. However, it does mean that a physician hasn’t found any obvious signs of disease, injury, or abnormality that would immediately suggest they need additional testing or treatment.
Your urinary system is one of the main ways that the body removes waste and ensures that other bodily functions perform as expected.
Working to keep your urinary system healthy and working properly is the best way to avoid ailments like urinary tract infections or even kidney stones which can sideline you and in some cases be life threatening. Be proactive about urinary tract health and don’t delay seeking help when you need it.
Tips to keep your bladder healthy
Anyone who’s ever had a urinary tract infection can tell you that it’s one time in your life when you’re acutely aware of your bladder. While most people can easily recover from UTIs, they can be dangerous if they linger too long. Likewise, sometimes poor urinary habits can encourage UTIs and make them frequent, unwelcome, guests. Consider the following tips:
- Don’t wait too long between bathroom breaks. Experts recommend trying to go every 3 to 4 hours.
- Wipe from front to back to prevent introducing bacteria from your rectum into your urethra.
- Drink plenty of fluids — especially water — to help flush impurities from your system.
- Consider adjusting your diet if you have bladder problems as consuming too much sugar, caffeine, or spicy foods can make symptoms worse.
Tips to keep your kidneys healthy
As we mentioned earlier, the kidneys are tasked with removing waste from your blood. But they also work to activate vitamin D, a critical nutrient that aids in bone health as well as immunity support.
When your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, it can create a domino effect of health problems throughout your body. The following tips can help you protect them:
- Focus on a balanced diet that’s low in fats and salts.
- Stay hydrated and avoid consuming too much alcohol.
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
- Maintain a moderate weight and exercise regularly.
- Get an annual physical and be aware if you have a family history of kidney problems.
An “unremarkable” test result doesn’t need to send you into a panic. It’s medical talk for “no abnormalities were found.”
However, an “unremarkable” notation is not a free pass to forgo routine medical care or to seek help when you need it. Whether it’s your bladder or any other part of your body, being proactive about your physical health is important.