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Lower urinary tract evaluation

Cystoscopy is a procedure during which the lower urinary tract is evaluated with a lighted telescope. It is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia, and only takes a few minutes. This procedure is commonly done for many conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTI).
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria).
  • Loss of bladder control (incontinence) or overactive bladder.
  • Unusual cells found in urine sample.
  • Need for a bladder catheter.
  • Painful urination, chronic pelvic pain, or interstitial cystitis.
  • Urinary blockage such as from prostate enlargement, stricture, or narrowing of the urinary tract.
  • Stone in the urinary tract.
  • Unusual growth, polyp, tumor or cancer.

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