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Interstitial Cystitis Information

A chronic condition, interstitial cystitis (IC) is characterized by an inflamed or irritated bladder wall. This may lead to problems such as scarring of the bladder, less bladder capacity, and pinpoint bleeding in the bladder lining.
 
The exact causes of interstitial cystitis are unknown, but researchers believe it may be caused by:
 
  • An autoimmune response
  • Irritating substances in the urine
  • Genetics.
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Common symptoms include discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and surrounding pelvic area, as well as an urgent and frequent need to urinate. Although this condition is incurable, treatments (such as medication or bladder distention) can help relieve and control symptoms.
 
(For information on how this condition is diagnosed, other symptoms, and whether surgery is likely to improve symptoms, click Interstitial Cystitis.)
 

Interstitial Cystitis Information

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