What is the treatment approach 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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Ideally, in clinical practice, the treatment of interstitial cystitis should be initiated with the least invasive, least expensive, and most reversible therapy. In general, this consists of a program of dietary and fluid management, time and stress management, and behavioral modification. Thereafter, treatments are applied in a progressively more invasive step-wise fashion until some degree of symptomatic relief is obtained. [3]

The level of initial treatment may also be influenced by clinical judgment, taking into account the severity of presenting symptoms and patient-specific factors. At times, multiple simultaneous treatments may be used in select patients. In patients who have shown no response to multiple treatment modalities, reassessment for any underlying patient condition should be undertaken. [3]


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