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Why is it done?

  • Treatment for Advanced or Resistant Painful Bladder Syndrome or “Interstitial Cystitis


How is it done?

  • A Local anaesthetic gel is administered as for a Urethral Catheterization procedure
  • This is done under a sterile procedure.
  • A 14-16 Fr Indwelling Catheter is placed into your bladder.
  • The DMSO is installed using strict administering criteria
  • Usually, 1 vial of DMSO will be pre-mixed with Saline to a 50cc volume by a Compound Pharmacist
  • The catheter is then removed
  • The DMSO is required to stay in your bladder for 15 minutes
  • This bladder distention could be painful
  • WARNING: Any Fevers require urgent attention


 What next?

  • Some local discomfort may be experienced.
  • Your voiding nature will change within the next week
  • You may experience some improvement in Chronic Bladder Pain
  • You may hopefully experience a longer time interval between urination
  • Delayed effects would be a urinary tract infection
  • NB! Each person is unique and for this reason, symptoms may vary!




  • You will empty your bladder and the content will be discarded
  • You may have a garlick-like odour about you


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