What is the role of cystoscopy in the diagnosis of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The role of cystoscopy in the evaluation of neurogenic bladder is to allow discovery of bladder lesions (eg, bladder cancerbladder stone) that would remain undiagnosed by urodynamics alone.

General agreement is that cystoscopy is indicated for patients complaining of persistent irritative voiding symptoms or hematuria. The physician can easily diagnose obvious causes of bladder overactivity, such as cystitis, stone, and tumor. This information is important in determining the etiology of the incontinence and may influence treatment decisions.


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