What is the typical presentation of 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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Because interstitial cystitis is a poorly defined entity of unknown etiology, the clinical presentation is often not uniform and the symptoms vary in severity and nature. The onset of symptoms is often, but not invariably, acute, and the patient is sometimes able to describe the moment at which symptoms began. Patients often associate the onset of symptoms with a specific urinary tract infection (UTI), catheterization, or bladder or pelvic surgery.


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