Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome: Appropriate Diagnosis and Management

Dell, Jeffrey R.
October 2007
Journal of Women's Health (15409996);Oct2007, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p1181
Academic Journal
Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is characterized by urinary frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain in the absence of any other identifiable pathology. Initial identification of IC/PBS is challenging, as patients may have a range of symptoms that overlap with other disorders, including urinary tract infection (UTI). These patients may be treated empirically with antibiotics; however, many patients with such symptoms are actually culture negative and are later diagnosed with IC/PBS. This review describes the importance of recognizing the symptom overlap between IC/PBS and UTI and focuses on approaches to the diagnosis and management of IC/PBS. Physicians can improve patient care by considering IC/PBS early in the differential diagnosis.


Related Articles

  • Get Help for Those Gotta-Go Moments. Hunter, Dorothea // O, The Oprah Magazine;Mar2008, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p150 

    The article discusses cystitis also known as bacterial urinary tract infection. Cystitis is one of the most common medical problems among women. It can be cured with antibiotics but most women often do not seek treatment. If it remains uncured, it can potentially lead to interstitial cystitis...

  • Effect of estrogen and ovariectomy on response of the female rabbit urinary bladder to two forms of in vitro oxidative stress. Malone, Lisa; Schuler, Catherine; Leggett, Robert; Levin, Robert // International Urogynecology Journal;Jun2014, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p791 

    Introduction and hypothesis: There are several lower urinary tract dysfunctions (LUTD) that are more common in women than in men including incontinence, interstitial cystitis, and recurrent urinary tract infection. There is increasing evidence that these dysfunctions are associated with reduced...

  • Fast Facts about Bladder Care.  // Nutrition Health Review: The Consumer's Medical Journal;2004, Issue 90, p7 

    The article presents facts about bladder diseases. Dr. Gary Lemack, an assistant professor of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says that products such as coffee, tea, chocolate, or carbonated beverages can cause bladder irritation for some people. In...

  • Validity study of the severity index, a simple measure of urinary incontinence in women. Hanley, Janet; Capewell, Ann; Hagen, Suzanne // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);05/05/2001, Vol. 322 Issue 7294, p1096 

    Presents a validity study of the severity index, a simple measure of urinary incontinence in women. Lack of a universally accepted, easily applied, outcome measure is one reason why urinary incontinence in women is poorly evaluated and treated; Methods; Recommendation of the severity index for...

  • 'Omics' Approaches to Understanding Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome/Bladder Pain Syndrome. Sungyong You; Wei Yang; Anger, Jennifer T.; Freeman, Michael R.; Jayoung Kim // International Neurourology Journal;Dec2012, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p159 

    Recent efforts in the generation of large genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and other types of 'omics' data sets have provided an unprecedentedly detailed view of certain diseases, however to date most of this literature has been focused on malignancy and other lethal...

  • Decreased nanobacteria levels and symptoms of nanobacteria-associated interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome after tetracycline treatment. Qing-hua Zhang; Xue-cheng Shen; Zhan-song Zhou; Zhi-wen Chen; Gen-sheng Lu; Bo Song // International Urogynecology Journal;Jan2010, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p103 

    Abstract Introduction and hypothesis  This study was designed to detect whether nanobacteria (NB) reside in urine and bladder tissue samples of patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) and whether antibiotic therapy targeting these organisms is effective in...

  • Interstitial Cystitis. Torpy, Janet M. // JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;5/23/2012-5/30/2012, Vol. 307 Issue 20, p2211 

    The article offers clinical information on interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). IC/BPS is characterized with pain during urination, urinary frequency and pain with sexual intercourse. It can be diagnosed through a medical history and a physical examination, along with...

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome: A Review. Butrick, Charles W.; Howard, Fred M.; Sand, Peter K. // Journal of Women's Health (15409996);Jun2010, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p1185 

    Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is a chronic bladder disorder characterized by pelvic pain and irritative voiding symptoms. The symptoms of IC/PBS can overlap with such conditions as endometriosis, recurrent urinary tract infection, chronic pelvic pain, overactive...

  • Incidence Of Urinary Tract Infection After Urodynamic Study: Are Prophylactic Antibiotics Necessary? Putran, Janaki; Sanderson, Barbara // Internet Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics;2007, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p3 

    Introduction: Urinary incontinence is a common and distressing gynaecological problem. Urodynamics is a valuable investigation in the management of urinary incontinence. However, urinary tract infection (UTI) is a known complication of catheterising the bladder. Objective: To evaluate the...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics