How is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Diagnosing interstitial cystitis remains difficult even more than a century after it was described by Skene, in 1887. No pathognomonic findings exist with regard to patient history, physical examination findings, laboratory findings, or cystoscopy findings. The exclusion of other clinical entities remains the foremost goal of the workup and evaluation of patients thought to have this condition.


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