What is the role of questionnaires in the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis (IC)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Validated questionnaires may serve as an aid in clinical diagnosis, as a means of tracking symptom response to therapy in clinical practice, or as an assessment of response to treatments in study populations. However, despite the usefulness of these metrics, interstitial cystitis remains a diagnosis of exclusion. The Wisconsin Interstitial Cystitis Scale was initially validated in a small population [44] and has subsequently been shown in larger studies to be valid and easy to implement. [45] It has also been shown to correlate well with other validated interstitial cystitis questionnaires. [46]


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