A new minimally invasive technique for treating radiation cystitis: the argon-beam coagulator
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2006
Volume 98, Issue 3, pages 610–612, September 2006
How to Cite
WINES, M. P. and LYNCH, W. D. (2006), A new minimally invasive technique for treating radiation cystitis: the argon-beam coagulator. BJU International, 98: 610–612. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2006.06293.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2006
- Accepted for publication 10 April 2006
- radiation cystitis;
- argon beam coagulator
To assess the effectiveness of the argon-beam coagulator used endoscopically for treating radiation cystitis, as radiotherapy is commonly used for treating pelvic tumours of urological origin, but intractable bleeding related to radiation cystitis remains a serious complication and requires a difficult long-term follow-up, for which cystoscopic methods of management have traditionally had limited success.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
We assessed seven patients with radiation cystitis; they were treated with argon-beam coagulation after a cystoscopic evaluation.
With a mean follow-up of 15 months, one treatment was used in six patients, with a second treatment required in one.
The argon-beam coagulator appears to be a safe, well tolerated and minimally invasive treatment in patients with radiation cystitis.