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Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

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Dr. Andrew Villa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Painful Bladder

Ic is a condition that has multiple symptoms.
Most common symptoms are frequent urination, urinary urgency and pain in the bladder and pelvic area. There is no definitive test to diagnose ic, but there is usually inflammation of the lining of the bladder that produces the symptoms. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, and possibly bladder instillation of various compounds.

In brief: Painful Bladder

Ic is a condition that has multiple symptoms.
Most common symptoms are frequent urination, urinary urgency and pain in the bladder and pelvic area. There is no definitive test to diagnose ic, but there is usually inflammation of the lining of the bladder that produces the symptoms. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, and possibly bladder instillation of various compounds.
Dr. Andrew Villa
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Dr. George Klauber
I agree. Bladder hydrodistention is sometimes very therapeutic.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pathologic lesion

There are distinctive anatomic changes in the vessels and mast cells in the bladder, going deep into its wall.
We pathologists have been slower to understand and charaterize these than we have with other lesions, and we hope that eventually this puzzling disorder can be explained and some effective treatment found.

In brief: Pathologic lesion

There are distinctive anatomic changes in the vessels and mast cells in the bladder, going deep into its wall.
We pathologists have been slower to understand and charaterize these than we have with other lesions, and we hope that eventually this puzzling disorder can be explained and some effective treatment found.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: IC/Bladder Pain

Interstitial cystitis is also now referred to as bladder pain syndrome.
There is a decrease in, or absence of, a 'slime layer' in the bladder, which normally protects the bladder from being irritated by urine. It can be diagnosed in several ways. For most people, using a bladder pain questionnaire is a good start. A cystoscopy may show glomerulations (bleeding) or in advanced ic, hunner ulcers.

In brief: IC/Bladder Pain

Interstitial cystitis is also now referred to as bladder pain syndrome.
There is a decrease in, or absence of, a 'slime layer' in the bladder, which normally protects the bladder from being irritated by urine. It can be diagnosed in several ways. For most people, using a bladder pain questionnaire is a good start. A cystoscopy may show glomerulations (bleeding) or in advanced ic, hunner ulcers.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Autonomic Disorder

Interstitial cystitis (ic) as dr. Villa stated.
 i had two patients with ic with sacroiliac joint (sij) hypermobility & chronic low back pain.  after sij fusion symptoms resolved. Medical literatures says 10 to 30% persons with chronic low back pain have non-inflammatory primary sij disorder.  i posit that ic is caused by sij laxity & pelvic parasympathetic irritation (chronic pain on quora.Com).

In brief: Autonomic Disorder

Interstitial cystitis (ic) as dr. Villa stated.
 i had two patients with ic with sacroiliac joint (sij) hypermobility & chronic low back pain.  after sij fusion symptoms resolved. Medical literatures says 10 to 30% persons with chronic low back pain have non-inflammatory primary sij disorder.  i posit that ic is caused by sij laxity & pelvic parasympathetic irritation (chronic pain on quora.Com).
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
IC: Amongst my industrial injury clients have been females whose IC symptoms remitted after they had surgical fusion of a disordered & hypermobile sacroiliac joint caused by lifting and slip & fall injuries; diagnosed & treated via Occupational Disabilities Guidelines, ODG, criteria.

In brief: Bladder inflammation

The bladder has several layers, starting from the lining, through the muscle to the serosa (outer lining).
The "interstitium" is between the muscle bundles. An inflammation of this area, results in "cystitis". It does not mean an infections, but it often is.

In brief: Bladder inflammation

The bladder has several layers, starting from the lining, through the muscle to the serosa (outer lining).
The "interstitium" is between the muscle bundles. An inflammation of this area, results in "cystitis". It does not mean an infections, but it often is.
Dr. Lester Thompson
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