What is included in the full exam of patients with suspected 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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Palpation for a full bladder and bimanual examination evaluating for adnexal masses should be part of the complete examination. Rectal examination should always be performed to evaluate for masses or tenderness and to assess rectal and pelvic floor (levator) muscle tone. Neurologic examination findings are usually unremarkable, but abnormalities of motor function, sensation, or reflexes may indicate spinal cord or nerve root dysfunction and should prompt further evaluation for other diagnoses.


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