Sunday, May 28, 2006

Hyperbaric Rx of Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis is a painful and difficult to treat malady affecting the urinary bladder. Here is a report of efficacy from treatment with HBO.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of IC

Arndt Van Ophoven and his group from Muenster, Germany presented an interesting study of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treatment of IC at the AUA meeting. (abs 278)

They reported results of a randomized, double-blind, sham controlled study of 21 patients with IC. Patients were randomized to 1.3 atmospheres or 2.4 atmospheres for 90 minutes and a total of 30 sessions. There were 2 dropouts in the active treatment group.

None of the control patients had benefit as per their global response assessments, but 8 of 12 active patients achieved benefit.

At one year of follow-up, 5 of the 12 patients still perceived benefit from the intervention. Pain and urgency seemed to improve more than absolute frequency.

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