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Cystitis - noninfectious

  • Alternative Names

    Abacterial cystitis; Radiation cystitis; Chemical cystitis; Urethral syndrome - acute

    • Pressure in the lower pelvis
    • Painful urination
    • Frequent need to urinate
    • Urgent need to urinate
    • Decreased ability to hold urine
    • Need to urinate at night
    • Abnormal urine color -- cloudy
    • Blood in the urine
    • Foul or strong urine odor

    Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

    • Pain during sexual intercourse
    • Penile pain
    • Flank pain
    • Fatigue

    Signs and tests

    A urinalysis may reveal red blood cells (RBCs) and some white blood cells (WBCs). A microscopic examination of the urine by a pathologist may be done to look for cancerous cells.

    A urine culture (clean catch) or catheterized urine specimen will reveal whether you have a bacterial infection.

    If the cystitis is related to radiation or chemotherapy, urine tests and cystoscopy (use of lighted instrument to look inside the bladder) may be needed.