What is needed for a diagnosis 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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A careful, complete, and empathetic history and physical examination are critical. Cystoscopy is an adjunctive, although important, study. The classic Hunner ulcer in the setting of a small-capacity bladder (ie, assessed under anesthesia) is rarely seen to confirm the diagnosis with certainty. Until interstitial cystitis is defined completely or a definitive marker becomes universally available, the diagnosis remains one of exclusion.


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