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How does the cystoscopy test work?

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Cystoscopes are tubular instruments that see inside the urinary tract. There are two types: a standard rigid one and a flexible one. The purpose of the exam determines which will be used.

Both tests are done similarly, except for positioning. With the standard rigid cystoscope, you lie on your back, knees apart. The urethra is cleaned and an anesthetic applied. The scope goes to the bladder via the urethra. With a flexible cystoscope, your doctor will help you find a comfortable position.

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National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

 American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 04, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

 American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 04, 2019

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