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Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis

Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis

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Richard Lee

Dr. Richard Lee, MD MBA, completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his MD/MBA in Healthcare Management at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School. He completed his surgical internship and urology residency at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He completed his fellowship in Voiding Dysfunction, Female Urology, and Neurourology at both Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, after which he was appointed to the full-time faculty at Cornell in July 2011.

Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis - Treatment Options

While there is no cure for PBS/IC, there are several surgical and non-surgical treatment options available. A combination of these options is usually required for symptom control. Finding the combination of options that will provide relief often requires diligence and patience.

Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis - Symptoms & Evaluation

The symptoms of PBS/IC often occur in episodes of increased intensity, known as “flares,” followed by periods of remission. In severe cases, urinary frequency can occur more than 60 times a day during flares. Some foods and beverages, as well as tobacco, tend to make the symptoms worse. Women suffering from PBS/IC may also suffer from additional pelvic pain due to spasms of the pelvic floor muscles, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, asthma, environmental allergies, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, vulvodynia and anxiety disorders.

Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis - Risks & Causes

The exact cause of PSC/IC is unknown. However, multiple factors are believed to be involved, including disruption of the bladder lining with resulting overactivity of pain-sensing nerve fibers in the bladder. Risk factors for PBS/IC include young age, female gender, and a family history of PBS/IC.

Brady Urologic Health Center

The Brady Urologic Health Center is located within an 8,000 square foot suite on the ninth floor of the Starr Pavilion at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and is composed of a close-knit team of physicians, working together to provide treatment for the broad spectrum of urologic conditions.

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