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Interstitial cystitis is a complex disorder affecting more than a million people in the United States.
Interstitial cystitis may also be known as:
The cause of interstitial cystitis is still unknown, but sometimes there are specific triggers such as infections or tight pelvic floor muscles. Researchers are investigating many theories to understand the causes of interstitial cystitis and to determine appropriate treatments. At Beaumont, we specialize in treating people with these symptoms through our multidisciplinary approach and our research studies.
The following are the most common symptoms of interstitial cystitis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Stress of all types may also intensify symptoms. The symptoms of interstitial cystitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult a clinician who is specialized in interstitial cystitis for a diagnosis. Often people are misdiagnosed by clinicians who are not up-to-date with the research on this condition.
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Because there is no definitive test to diagnose interstitial cystitis, and symptoms are similar to other disorders, a complete history, and possibly a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures, may be necessary. Diagnostic procedures for interstitial cystitis may include the following:
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Specific treatment for your symptoms will be determined by your clinician based on:
Currently, there is no one specific way to diagnose interstitial cystitis, and a variety of interventions can help minimize symptoms depending on the individual and their condition, making it sometimes challenging to treat. Treatments are primarily focused on relieving symptoms, and may include:
Management of interstitial cystitis may also include:
Beaumont’s Women’s Urology Center specializes in multidisciplinary care for women with symptoms of interstitial cystitis. We continue to do research to advance our knowledge in this field. The team is led by Kenneth M. Peters, M.D., who is internationally known for his work with interstitial cystitis and neuromodulation, and other urologic conditions.
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