Letters

Postmenopausal cystitis

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7064.1079a (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1079

Bladder cancer may be a cause, but interstitial cystitis is an unusual differential diagnosis

  1. W Turner, Senior registrar in urology,
  2. I Eardley, Consultant urologist,
  3. A D Joyce, Consultant urologist,
  4. P Harnden, Consultant histopathologist
  1. General Infirmary at Leeds, Leeds LS1 3EX

    EDITOR,—Linda Cardozo is right to draw attention to the problem of postmenopausal cystitis and the use of topical oestrogens in its treatment.1 Topical oestrogens are almost certainly underused in this condition. From the urological perspective, however, certain important points should be emphasised.

    Firstly, ultrasonography is probably preferable to intravenous urography for imaging. Ultrasonography will quantify residual urine and detects renal and bladder calculi better than plain radiography. Ureteric stones (which ultrasonography will probably …

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