On- and post-treatment symptom relief by repeated instillations of heparin and alkalized lidocaine in interstitial cystitis - Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine outcomes of intravesical instillations of heparin and alkalized lidocaine in patients with interstitial cystitis.

METHODS: Patients with interstitial cystitis refractory to conventional therapies were given a solution of 20 000 U heparin, 5 mL 4% lidocaine and 25 mL 7% sodium bicarbonate, intravesically, weekly for 12 weeks consecutively. The treatment was regarded as "effective", when patients rated "slightly improved" or "better" on a seven-graded scale of global response assessment. Other assessment measures included O'Leary and Sant's symptom index and problem index, visual analog scale for pain, and frequency volume chart variables.

RESULTS: A total of 32 patients were enrolled in the study. The average age was 63.3 years. All participants had received hydrodistension 2.2 times on average, and fulfilled National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases criteria. The therapy was effective in 60.0% of the patients at the fourth instillation, in 76.7% at the last instillation, and 90.0%, 46.7% and 16.7% at 1, 2 and 6 months after the last instillation, respectively. Most of other assessment measures improved significantly at the fourth instillation and further beyond until the end of therapy. On termination of therapy, the efficacy gradually diminished, yet mostly maintained statistical significance by 2 months post-instillation. No severe adverse events occurred.

CONCLUSIONS: A 12-week course of weekly intravesical instillations of heparin combined with alkalized lidocaine is safe and effective in relieving symptoms in interstitial cystitis patients. The effect of the treatment is maintained for 6 months. Further studies are required to optimize the number of instillations and maintenance intervals in order to maximize the therapeutic potential of simple or combined instillations in the management of interstitial cystitis.

Written by:
Nomiya A, Naruse T, Niimi A, Nishimatsu H, Kume H, Igawa Y, Homma Y.   Are you the author?
Department of Urology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

Reference: Int J Urol. 2013 Feb 22. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1111/iju.12120

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 23432185

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