Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis resistant to conventional treatments: long-term results of a case series in Japan

AbstractBackground: There is no confirmed strategy for treating painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis (PBS/IC) withunclear etiology. Therefore, a pilot study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of hyperbaric oxygen(HBO) therapy in treatment-resistant PBS/IC patients.Methods: HBO treatment (2.0 ATA for 60 minutes/day × 5 days/week for 2 or 4 weeks) was performed on 11patients with severe symptoms that had not been improved by previous therapy regimens between December2004 and July 2009.Results: Seven of the 11 patients demonstrated persistent improvement in symptoms during the 12 months after HBOtreatment. These responders demonstrated a decrease in the pelvic pain scale and urgency scale from 7.7 ± 1.0 and,6.6 ± 0.9 to 3.4 ± 2.5 and 4.3 ± 2.4 after 12 months, respectively (p < 0.05). The total score of the interstitial cystitissymptom index and 24-hour urinary frequency demonstrated a significant sustained decrease from the baseline. Tworesponders, who received an additional course of HBO 12 and 13 months after initial treatment, respectively, did notsuffer impairment for more than two years. There was one case of transient eustachian tube dysfunction and threecases of reversible exudative otitis media as a consequence of HBO treatment.Conclusions: HBO is a potent treatment for PBS/IC patients resistant to conventional therapy. It was well toleratedand provided maintained amelioration of pain, urgency and urinary frequency for at least 12 months.

Categories: Medical clinic, Urology