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Tests That Can Help Identify Interstitial Cystitis

Tests Used When Diagnosing Interstitial Cystitis

Diagnostic tests that help in ruling out other diseases include:
  • Cystoscopy
  • Laboratory examination of prostate secretions
  • Distention of the bladder under anesthesia
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine culture
  • Biopsy of the bladder wall
  • Urine cytology.
Cystoscopy With Bladder Distention
The most important test to confirm an interstitial cystitis diagnosis is a cystoscopy done under anesthesia. This test uses an instrument called a cystoscope to see inside the bladder. A liquid or gas is used to stretch the bladder. Anesthesia is required, because stretching the bladder can be painful for a person with interstitial cystitis. This test can detect bladder wall inflammation; pinpoint bleeding or ulcers; a thick, stiff bladder wall; and maximum bladder capacity.
Culture of Prostate Secretions
Although not commonly done, the doctor might obtain prostatic fluid of a male patient and examine it for signs of a prostate infection, which, if found, can be treated with antibiotics.

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