Which autoimmune conditions are associated with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Other autoimmune conditions have also been shown to bear resemblance or be associated with IC/BPS. Sjögren syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome show antibodies against urothelium, smooth muscle, and connective-tissue components of the urinary bladder. Indeed, the pathophysiology of those conditions is similar to that of IC/BPS. [30]


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