What is the response of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) to treatment?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Unfortunately, interstitial cystitis responds poorly to treatment in many cases. To date, no treatment has been shown to decrease disease progression; therefore, the purpose of treatment is to palliate and alleviate symptoms. In the rare cases that classic interstitial cystitis leads to bladder wall scarring that results in a contracted, small-capacity bladder, the patient may require augmentation cystoplasty or some form of urinary diversion.


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