Intravesical treatment of severe bacillus Calmette-Guerin cystitis

J. Palou, L. Rodríguez-Villamil, A. Andreu-Crespo, J. Salvador-Bayarri, J. Vicente-Rodríguez

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Objective: Intravesical instillation of bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is an established treatment of carcinoma in situ and recurrent superficial bladder tumours. The inflammatory reaction due to BCG provokes cystitis of short duration as a frequent side effect. When the symptomatology is severe and long-lasting, different systemic treatments have been administered with varying degrees of efficacy. Material and methods: We have studied the treatment of severe BCG cystitis with a anaesthetic anti-inflammatory solution administered by intravesical instillations to 16 patients. Results: Good results were obtained in 94% of the cases, with immediate clinical improvement in terms of pain and urinary symptoms, and with no side effects. Conclusions: This treatment is inexpensive and easy to administer. We consider that it offers a useful option to solve an infrequent but very annoying problem for the patients.
Original languageEnglish
Article number395630
Pages (from-to)485-489
JournalUrology and Nephrology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Anaesthetic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Bacillus Calmette-Guerin
  • Cystitis
  • Solution


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