Symptoms & Signs
- Pressure in the lower pelvis
- Painful urination
- Frequent need to urinate
- Urgent need to urinate
- Decreased ability to hold urine
- Need to urinate at night
- Abnormal urine color — cloudy
- Blood in the urine
- Foul or strong urine odor
Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Penile pain
- Flank pain
Diagnosis & Tests
A urinalysis may reveal red blood cells (RBCs) and some white blood cells (WBCs).
A urine culture (clean catch) or catheterized urine specimen will reveal whether you have a bacterial infection.
If the cystitis is related to radiation or chemotherapy, urine tests and cystoscopy (use of lighted instrument to look inside the bladder) may be needed.
Review Date : 1/24/2008
Reviewed By : Marc A. Greenstein, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. Urologist, Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.