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Cystoscopy Home Care Instructions

Cystoscopy is a test that is done to look inside the bladder and urethra.  This test is done with a cystoscope.  A cystoscope is a small, lighted tube placed into the urethra and up into the bladder.  A cystogram is an X-ray picture of the bladder using a substance that blocks x-rays and appears white on an x-ray picture – this is sometimes called a “dye” or “contrast agent”.  The “dye” or “contrast agent” is placed through the cystoscope. The picture gives the doctor information about the bladder.

What to expect after the test:

  • Your child may have some burning or stinging when passing urine for 1-2 days.
  • There may be a small amount of red or pink tinged fluid on your child's underwear or diaper.
  • Your child may have to go to the bathroom very often.

Special Notes

  • To relieve pain when your child passes urine, place him/her in a tub of warm water.  Your child may pass urine in the tub.
  • You may also give a non-aspirin pain reliever recommended by your child’s doctor.
  • Your child should drink more than usual each day to dilute or water down the urine so it will sting less.
  • Your child may return to school the next day.

Call your child’s doctor if:

  • Your child's urine is bright red.
  • Pain continues after medicine or the bath.
  • Temperature more than 101°F orally.



Please call if you have any questions.  Your child’s nurse will give you the phone number.


    Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

    Reviewed: 11/2009