Quick Facts About Interstitial Cystitis
 
 
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition
  • of the bladder wall that often goes undiagnosed.
  • More than 700,000 Americans have IC, 90% are women.
  • IC is frequently misdiagnosed as an acute urinary tract infection.
  • Symptoms include:
    • Bladder pain 
    • Urinary urgency 
    • Day and night frequency (up to 60 times per day) 
    • Suprapubic or perineal pain and pressure 
    • Painful sexual intercourse
  • The cause is unknown and no treatment is uniformly effective for everyone. 
  • The vast majority of patients can find pain relief. 
  • A cystoscopy with hydrodistention under general anesthesia is required to diagnose IC.
  • IC treatment options include dietmodification, physical therapy, oral medication, intravesical instillation therapy, and surgery. 
  • Complete diagnosis and treatment of IC is available through the Alliance Bladder Control & Pelvic Pain Center. 
For more information on interstitial cystitis, contact our practice at 336-274-1114 or go to www.ichelp.org or www.allaboutic.com.

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