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Menopause Review/Przegląd Menopauzalny
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Changes in microscopic analysis of the urinary sediment in postmenopausal women who receive vaginal conjugated oestrogens

Sebastián Carranza-Lira
Miriam Elizabeth Cruz-Ramírez
Diana Sulvarán-Victoria

Menopause Rev 2017; 16(3): 96-98
Online publish date: 2017/10/12
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Introduction: Microscopic haematuria is common in adults and it has been reported in 13% of postmenopausal women.

Objective: To evaluate the changes in urinary sediment after the use of vaginal conjugated oestrogens.

Material and methods: Postmenopausal women with vaginal dryness were studied. In all them a urinalysis was done, looking for density, pH, and the presence of leukocytes and erythrocytes. In order to be included in the study, all of the women had to have microscopic haematuria, considered as the presence of 3 or more erythrocytes in the urinary sediment. All received vaginally 1 γ of conjugated equine oestrogens cream 3 times per week for one month, moment in which a new urinalysis was carried out and the same parameters were evaluated.

Results: Twenty-four women were studied. The median age was 62 years (40-83), and the time since menopause was 144 months (24-336). When comparing the values between baseline and end of treatment urinalyses, no significant differences in pH and urinary density were found. The number of leukocytes significantly decreased after treatment (3.0 [1-6] vs. 1.0 [1-6], p < 0.026), and the erythrocytes number decreased (4.5 [3-12] vs. 0.0 [0-2], p < 0.001).

Conclusion: In postmenopausal women with microscopic haematuria and vaginal dryness, it is worth considering administration of local oestrogen for one month, and after repeat the urine exam, before deciding to begin the microscopic haematuria study protocol.

conjugated local oestrogens, haematuria, postmenopause

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