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What's the difference between ic and urine retention?

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Dr. Earle Pescatore
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Big difference

Interstitial cystitis is a problem where the lining of the bladder is dysfunctional and allows urine to "leak" into the muscle of the bladder causing pain, urgency and frequency.
Urinary retention is a problem when the bladder either doen't empty at all or has incomplete emptying.

In brief: Big difference

Interstitial cystitis is a problem where the lining of the bladder is dysfunctional and allows urine to "leak" into the muscle of the bladder causing pain, urgency and frequency.
Urinary retention is a problem when the bladder either doen't empty at all or has incomplete emptying.
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