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Eosinophilic cystitis associated with urethral stricture disease from pelvic trauma. Case report and literature review.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Il Giornale di Chirurgia - Journal of Surgery
0391-9005
Publisher
CIC Edizioni Internazionali
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
11-12
Pages
425–429
Identifiers
PMID: 16472421
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report a case of eosinophilic cystitis (EC) in a 65-year-old man with urethral stricture disease from blunt pelvic traumatic event. EC is a rare condition characterized by eosinophilic infiltration of the bladder wall, that usually presents with irritative voiding symptoms, suprapubic pain and hematuria. Etiology is still not clear although a review of the literature suggests that pathogenetic mechanisms probably engage an altered immune response in the bladder, with the inflammatory reaction caused by factors such as exogenous allergens and previous bladder injury or surgery to the bladder or the prostate. The diagnosis of EC has to be confirmed by biopsy, since in some cases it may manifest as other inflammatory and malignant bladder disorders. A conservative medical management is indicated initially, since this disease may be self-limited, with a benign course especially in children and young patients. In adults EC is more often a chronic recurrent condition that requires close follow-up since it may lead to serious progressive bladder and/or upper urinary tract disease. More invasive therapies (including transurethral resection, partial or total cystectomy) may also be required when conservative therapy fails.

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