How is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Despite years of intensive research, there are no specific clinical or urinary markers currently clinically available; no absolutely specific radiographic, laboratory, or serologic findings; and no biopsy patterns that are pathognomonic for interstitial cystitis. The syndrome remains a diagnosis of exclusion (see Presentation, DDx, and Workup.)


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