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Doctor insights on: How Common Is Radiation Cystitis

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How common is radiation cystitis?

How common is radiation cystitis?

It is common: When we give radiation near the bladder or to the bladder it is fairly common. This only means an inflammation of the lining of the bladder. Radiation can irritate this lining and therefore the patient feels a sensation on urinating. It can be as little as just noticing it, frequency or frank burning. We have medication to ease this symptom and after radiation is complete it usually goes away. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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What is radiation cystitis?

Inflammation: The bladder lining is inflamed and causes a burning sensation when urinating. A urinalysis should be done to make sure it's not infection. The symptoms if burning and frequent small amounts is the same for any cause of cystitis. ...Read more

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What exactly is radiation cystitis?

Bladder Inflammation: This is a side effect of radiation therapy which is used as treatment for pelvic tumors. Symptoms include blood in urine, voiding problems and incontinence. Treatment of this condition can be medical or surgical depending on the severity. ...Read more

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Radiation cystitis: I am currently extremely limited in what i can do: ie walking lifting things, general household duties as I am in constant pain?

Radiation cystitis: Depending on when you received radiation therapy, your symptoms may or may not be explained by radiation cystitis. Generally irritation to the bladder to the level you're describing occurs while receiving radiation or shortly thereafter. Radiation cystitis that is noted cystoscopically years after pelvic radiation most often is not painful and does not cause urgency or incontinence. ...Read more

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Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation cystitis means irritation of bladder because of radiation. It is usually short lived and should resolve within a couple of weeks after radiation. The severity depends on the amount of radiation and the volume being radiated. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of cystitis?

See below: Pressure in the lower abdomen, painful and/or frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, traces of blood or pain in the lower back or abdomen. ...Read more

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What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

Depends: Interstitial cystitis is usually diagnosed by looking directly inside the bladder. If the diagnosis is done by history and physical exam, it could be confused with a urinary tradct infection, endometriosis orpelvic inflamatory disease. ...Read more

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Why is it that cystitis is more common than pyelonephritis?

Shorter trip for bug: Many instances of cystitis, especially in women are due to bacteria ascending from the outside through the urethra. Such infections have only a short distance to travel in women. Kidney infections, pyelonephiritis, are often blood borne. ...Read more

Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more