Cystoscopy carries a risk of complications, including:

  • Infection. Rarely, cystoscopy can introduce germs into your urinary tract, which can cause infection. Cystoscopy may also irritate an existing urinary tract infection, worsening it. In select cases, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to take before and after your cystoscopy to prevent infection.
  • Bleeding. Cystoscopy may cause some blood in your urine. Rarely, bleeding may be serious.
  • Pain. Cystoscopy may cause abdominal pain and a burning sensation when urinating. In most cases, these symptoms are mild and gradually decrease after the procedure.

Signs and symptoms of a complication

Call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience:

  • Bright red blood in your urine
  • A fever higher than 100 F (38 C)
  • Pain or burning during urination that lasts more than two days
Oct. 09, 2012