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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2012 Mar;161(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2011.12.014. Epub 2012 Feb 4.

Interstitial cystitis: diagnosis and management.

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  • 1Department of Urogynaecology, King's College Hospital, Golden Jubilee Wing, London, UK.


Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome is a chronic condition that causes debilitating bladder pain which can be associated with urgency, frequency and nocturia. Its cause is not clear and it is still a disease diagnosed by exclusion. Oral or intravesical therapies are the main stay of treatment whilst surgical procedures are reserved for refractory cases. This condition usually warrants a multidisciplinary approach for optimum outcome. This article gives an overview of the changes in definition, aetiopathogenesis and available treatments.

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