Interstitial cystitis [IC] is a poorly understood, chronic, and potentially disabling disease of the urinary bladder, characterized by pelvic and perineal pain, urinary urgency and frequency, nocturia, and a constant sensation of the urge to void. While some patients experience extended periods of remission, and others are able to manage their symptoms with prescribed treatment, for some, symptoms persist and are unresponsive to any intervention. It is estimated that there are 700,000 cases of IC in the United States. This article will present an overview of interstitial cystitis, including theories about etiology, characteristic symptoms and diagnostic criteria, available treatment strategies and expected outcomes.
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|Author:||Karen Edmondson RN, MN
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