What is the AUA treatment algorithm used 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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The treatment of interstitial cystitis is complex and various algorithms have been developed. The AUA guidelines algorithm have suggested a stepwise, logical approach. [3]

The authors' algorithm for treatment is largely based on whether the patient has predominantly pelvic pain or urgency/frequency. In the authors' experience, patients with pelvic pain and minimal voiding symptoms represent a pharmacologic challenge, making an early pain-management clinic referral a useful adjunct.


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