What is the Pelvic Pain and Urgency/Frequency Patient Symptom Scale for 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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The Pelvic Pain and Urgency/Frequency Patient Symptom Scale is a tool that can be used for screening, and it measures both urinary symptoms, such as pain and urgency, and symptoms related to sexual intercourse. It has 2 scales, one that measures symptoms and a second "bother score" that measures how troublesome these symptoms actually are to the patient. Parsons et al showed that this scale identified accurately 74% of patients with IC/BPS with scores of greater than 10 and 91% of patients with scores of 20 or greater. Additionally, it is easily filled out and has been used as a monitoring tool to assess treatment response. [49]


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