Cystoscopy is a test that allows the
doctor to look at the inside of the
bladder 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
The urethra, bladder, and
ureters are normal.
There are no
polyps or other abnormal tissues, swelling, bleeding,
narrow areas (strictures), or structural abnormalities.
There is swelling or narrowing of the urethra because of
previous infections or an enlarged
prostate gland .
There are bladder tumors (cancerous or benign), polyps,
urinary stones, or inflammation of the bladder walls.
Abnormalities in the structure of the
urinary tract present since birth (congenital) are
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
X-ray tests, such as retrograde pyelography or
cystourethrography, may also be done during cystoscopy.
To learn more, see:
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Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis:
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.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Current as of
June 29, 2012
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 29, 2012
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