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Cystoscopy

Results

Cystoscopy is a test that allows the doctor to look at the inside of the bladder camera.gif and the urethra. Your doctor may be able to talk to you about some of the results right after the cystoscopy. The results of a biopsy usually take several days to be available.

Cystoscopy
Normal:

The urethra, bladder, and ureters are normal.

There are no polyps or other abnormal tissues, swelling, bleeding, narrow areas (strictures), or structural abnormalities.

Abnormal:

There is swelling or narrowing of the urethra because of previous infections or an enlarged prostate gland camera.gif.

There are bladder tumors (cancerous or benign), polyps, ulcers, urinary stones, or inflammation of the bladder walls.

Abnormalities in the structure of the urinary tract present since birth (congenital) are seen.

In a woman, pelvic organ prolapse is present.

What Affects the Test

A cystoscopy is usually not done if you have an infection of the bladder, prostate gland, or urethra.

What To Think About

Other X-ray tests, such as retrograde pyelography or cystourethrography, may also be done during cystoscopy.

To learn more, see:

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

  • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Current as of June 29, 2012
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Last Updated: June 29, 2012
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