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    I've been seeing my GP & a Urologist for a little while now but don't seem to be getting any information from anyone.

    I've had a problem with my bladder since before Christmas & it presents itself as a Bladder Infection (Although with no obvious pain.. I have IBS as well though so I might have pain & I'm just confusing the two. On Friday I had some very obviously different pain to my usual IBS though, It was more centered & lower than normal IBS pain. Later that evening I felt urethral pain shooting into my bladder. Have since done a dipstick test at the Drs office which came back fine).. I've done a number of urine samples, all of which show white blood cells but no bacteria. It took my GP a while to even consider referring me to a Uro, but she finally did in May.. He asked some questions, did some tests & booked me for a cystoscopy & ultrasound. I've had the cysto but not the US yet (Booked for Sept 2)

    Anyway, Saturday I get a letter from my Uro which says I have an infection & I might need some antibiotics from my GP. I saw him this morning & he decided that I didn't need anything & has tested my urine, which has come back fine - despite being in pain over the weekend & more frequent trips to the bathroom.

    I asked him to check up on the other test & saw on his screen that he had received a letter which said my bladder looked ok, but had significant vaginal metaplasia. I shouldn't have been looking at this, so I couldn't really ask him about it . Does anyone know what it means? I've been searching on Google for some time & can't find an explanation of what it actually IS.

    I'd really appreciate some help with this. I'm not getting anywhere with my actual Drs or the Uro (Who is impossible to get hold of!). Has anyone come across this? Any advice?

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    Hi there. Here's the definition:
    metaplasia /meta·pla·sia/ (met″ah-pla´zhah) the change in the type of adult cells in a tissue to a form abnormal for that tissue.

    I recall having this mentioned on my first cystoscopy report back in 2008. I researched online and I believe there is some information about the skin on the trigone area of the bladder changing as you age to more mature adult cells. My cells looked like something more likely in a post-menopausal woman and at the time I was 32. But from what I remember it is actually considered normal to docs and my urologist at the time did not think that was related to IC. I'll try to find those blurbs for you later today.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by shortstuff View Post
      Hi there. Here's the definition:
      metaplasia /meta·pla·sia/ (met″ah-pla´zhah) the change in the type of adult cells in a tissue to a form abnormal for that tissue.

      I recall having this mentioned on my first cystoscopy report back in 2008. I researched online and I believe there is some information about the skin on the trigone area of the bladder changing as you age to more mature adult cells. My cells looked like something more likely in a post-menopausal woman and at the time I was 32. But from what I remember it is actually considered normal to docs and my urologist at the time did not think that was related to IC. I'll try to find those blurbs for you later today.
      That's really useful, thanks! I can't figure out if Vaginal Metaplasia is the same as Squamous Metaplasia? I don't think I need to be too worried, because the Dr doing the cystoscopy would have said something if it was bad, wouldn't he? If it's not the same though, why are there vaginal cells in my bladder? Lol.

      I don't think my Drs have found anything else so I'm not sure if this will be part of my diagnosis or not :S

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