When is the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) most often made?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The diagnosis of interstitial cystitis is most often made when long-standing urinary frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain exist in the absence of a readily identifiable etiology, such as urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinalysis and urine culture are mandatory. A voiding diary is helpful in establishing baseline voiding frequency.


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