We determined the effect of intravesical instillation of pentosan polysulfate encapsulated in liposomes for refractory interstitial cystitis patients.
his was an open label uncontrolled study. Subjects were recruited from a private urology practice. Inclusion criteria included patients who met NIDDK criteria for Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and who were responding poorly to conventional treatments. Exclusion criteria included evidence of a urinary tract infection, bladder cancer, or other forms of chronic cystitis. Patients received 400 mg of Pentosan Polysulfate (PP) encapsulated into liposomes as an intravesical instillation performed every 2 weeks for 3 months. Baseline and post treatment outcome measures were obtained that included the O'Leary-Sant Interstitial Cystitis Symptom and Problem Questionnaire and the Pelvic Pain and Urgency/Frequency Patient symptom Scale tests. A total of 37 instillations were used and no adverse events occurred. Clinically significant decreases in symptom scores greater than 50% were seen in virtually all outcome measures at 3 month follow up. All subjects reported remarkable subjective improvement in pain symptoms marked by decreased use of narcotics and increased enjoyment of daily activities. No patients developed systemic symptoms or poor tolerance of the instillations. Intravesical Pentosan Polysulfate encapsulated into liposomes can significantly decrease frequency, urgency, pain and improve quality of life for two months after deployment. Additional studies are needed to determine cellular effects of glycosaminoglycan restoration, ideal doses, dosing intervals, safety and cost-effectiveness of this therapy.
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Reference: Am J Clin Exp Urol. 2014 Jul 12;2(2):145-8.