What is the use of hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Hyperbaric oxygen is also an emerging treatment. As this has been successfully used to treat hemorrhagic cystitis from cyclophosphamide and radiation, it was used in a pilot study in patients with refractory IC/BPS. [91] Seven of 11 patients showed durable improvement in pain scores and urgency symptoms lasing over 2 years. This may also be a useful adjunct to DMSO instillation. [92]


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