A modified clinical scoring system for bladder pain syndrome: Long term experience.

To document a modified clinical scoring system in patients with bladder pain syndrome that increases weightage to pain and nocturia and includes measures for sexual dysfunction and psychological impact. The clinical outcome of a set combination of treatment modalities linked to the clinical score at entry was also made.

The new proposed scale was used to assess and treat 190 enrolled patients from January 2009 to September 30, 2017. The patients were evaluated using the new scoring system at the time of induction, after 1, 3 and 6 months after commencement of treatment. Thereafter, they were followed every 6 months. The new scoring system included increased weightage to pain and nocturia and added domains of sexual dysfunction and psychological impact. The patients were treated with a protocol followed by the authors and published in the year 2007. A pictorial linkage of treatment modalities used with the clinical score of the patient was also described.

A total of 174 evaluable patients had a follow up between 6 and 105 months (mean 64 months). The patients had age distribution between 24 and 76 years and included 19 male patients. 154 out of 174 patients (88.5%) had good or excellent response to treatment using the proposed scale at the end of 6 months.

The proposed clinical scale appeared to aid clinical stratification of severity of the disease at the induction and during follow up. The treatment protocol could be linked with the clinical score at the time of induction.

International journal of urology : official journal of the Japanese Urological Association. 2019 Jun [Epub]

Rajesh Taneja, Sameer Massand

Urology, Andrology and Robotic Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India., Division of Plastic Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.