INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS:Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) bladder instillation is a standard therapy for interstitial cystitis (IC); however, there are varying degrees of success.
We hypothesize that first-line intravesical therapy with a DMSO cocktail will optimize treatment outcome.
METHODS: Ninety women with newly diagnosed IC were enrolled consecutively for the treatment. The IC symptom and problem index was used as an outcome measure.
RESULTS: Six (6.7%) patients dropped out of the treatment due to intolerable bladder irritation. Fifty-five (65.5%) of the remaining 84 patients, who completed the treatment, experienced ≧50% symptomatic improvement. After a regression analysis, three clinical variables were found to affect treatment adversely, i.e., the presence of advanced cystoscopic glomerulations, microscopic hematuria, and urodynamic detrusor underactivity, respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest bladder instillation with a DMSO cocktail may well be considered as first-line therapy for IC patients. However, there exists a subgroup of nonresponders who may have severe disease.
Hung MJ, Chen YT, Shen PS, Hsu ST, Chen GD, Ho ES. Are you the author?
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, No. 160, Section 3, Taichung Harbor Road, Taichung, 40705, Taiwan.
Reference: Int Urogynecol J. 2012 Mar 17. Epub ahead of print.