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Interstitial Cystitis Overview

What is interstitial cystitis?
A person with interstitial cystitis has long-standing inflammation of the bladder, but the cause of the inflammation is unknown. Interstitial cystitis is more common in females, than in males. There is no cure for interstitial cystitis: it tends to worsen slowly over time.

What are the symptoms of interstitial cystitis?
Symptoms of interstitial cystitis include cramping lower abdominal pain that comes and goes. Additional symptoms of interstitial cystitis include increased frequency of urination, urinary urgency, and bladder pain.

How does the doctor treat interstitial cystitis?
There is no cure for interstitial cystitis. Treatment for interstitial cystitis may include Kegel exercises, oral medications, medicated bladder rinses, nerve stimulation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Interstitial Cystitis References
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