DIAGNOSIS

Your physician should be able to diagnose cystitis by talking to you about the symptoms you are experiencing and your medical history. Symptoms commonly associated with cystitis could also be caused by other conditions, so it is important that you seek advice from your physician.1,2

Is there a test for cystitis?

It is possible to carry out a test to check if you have a bladder infection.

  • Your physician can use a 'dipstick' test, where a strip of paper is dipped into a urine sample and changes colour depending on the bacteria present and/or inflammatory cells and products present.1 This gives your physician an immediate result, though it does not conclusively diagnose an infection is present.
  • If you have experienced repeated bladder infections or an infection persists despite treatment, your physician will send a urine sample to a laboratory to be tested (urine culture). This will confirm if and which bacteria are causing the infection and which antibiotic treatment might help you. If you are suffering from repeated infections and not responding to treatment, you might be sent for further tests.2

Expert advice

"Cystitis should be diagnosed by the symptoms of the patient and, secondly, by the examination of the urine, especially under the microscope"

"Cystitis should be diagnosed by the symptoms of the patient and, secondly, by the examination of the urine"

Professor Hartwig W. Bauer
Consultant Urologist

"Consult your physician for treatment and allow their prescription carefully"

Professor Matteo Bassetti
Infectious Diseases