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Scar Tissue is the cause?

Hello,

  I am a 26year old female, and I have had 4 UTI's in the past 5 years. My most recent infection was this past November, but the infection was not cleared with the first round of antibiotics.  Since that time I continued to have some problems.  Mainly, I have microscopic amounts of blood in my urine, and I have spasms (twinges) after I urinate, as well as the mild urge to go after I have already gone.  Sometime there is also burning after I go. The odd part is that this doesn't happen every time I go, I never know what I am getting when I have to go!

  I have seen a urologist, and had negative results from an IVP, voiding cystourethrogram and cytology tests on my urine. I also had a cystoscopy, and the dr. told me that I have scar tissue in my bladder from my past infections and that this was causing my problems.  I have never heard of this causing problems, and I wonder if this is true, then how can I help the problems I am having? Will they just subside with time, or am I stuck with them for good? Also what do I need to worry about in case I get another infetion?

  I apologize for the long message, I just wanted another opinion, especially one without getting poked and prodded again!
   Thank you for your help.
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Hello - thanks for asking your question.

You note recurrent UTIs.  You have had a very thorough urology workup include an IVP, cystourethrogram, cytology and cystoscopy.  This would exclude most of the structural causes for recurrent UTIs.  This would also exclude most of the causes for the blood in your urine.  The only other test I would suggest would be a renal ultrasound to see if your kidneys are responsible for the blood in the urine.  

Scar tissue may certainly be a possibility.  Without examining you I cannot say for sure.  Make sure that the bacteria is sensitive to the antibiotics you are taking.  Tests for STDs (i.e. Chlamydia and gonorrhea) should be performed if not already.  Some women have a genetic predisposition to receiving recurrent UTIs (i.e. more bacteria may adhere to the lining of the urethra in some women).

One consideration would be continuous antibiotic prophylaxis.  Studies show a 95 percent decrease in recurrent UTIs.  Most recommendations suggest a six month trial of antibiotics followed by observation.  You may want to discuss this with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Thanks,
Kevin, M.D.
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This is my problem, about 7 years ago my daughter had me take a bubble bath that she had surprised me with. I did not realize that she had put way to much soap in the bath and I ended up with a very very bad bladder infection with a high fever for 2 days. After a few months I had a urine test at a physical exam at which time the have found blood in my urine. I had an exam when they looked into my bladder and said it was nothing. Now 6 years later the blood has gotten worse.

Do you think I could have scaring in my kidney causing this and if not what could it be?

Thank you.
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