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Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis

Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis

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The National Institutes of Health estimates that 700,000 people in the United States suffer from PBS/IC, 90% of whom are women.

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Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis (PBS/IC) is a chronic condition that involves:

  • Urinary urgency
  • Urinary frequency
  • Nocturia (being awakened by the urge to urinate more than once per night)
  • Bladder pain, which tends to increase as the bladder fills
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The intensity of these symptoms may range from mild to debilitating. The presence of this syndrome suggests that there is no underlying cause for these symptoms, such as a urinary tract infection or bladder tumor. However, medical evaluation is needed to confirm the absence of these conditions, or other conditions with similar symptoms. 

Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis - Risks & Causes

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The exact cause of PSC/IC is unknown.

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Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis - Symptoms & Evaluation

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The symptoms of PBS/IC often occur in episodes of increased intensity, known as “flares,” followed by periods of remission. There is no test for the diagnosis of PBS/IC.

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Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis - Treatment Options

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While there is no cure for PBS/IC, there are several surgical and non-surgical treatment options available.

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Physicians & Faculty

Dr. Patrick Culligan, MD | Cornell Urology

Patrick J. Culligan

M.D.

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646.962.9600
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Center for Female Pelvic Health
Dr. Bilal Chughtai, M.D.

Bilal Chughtai

M.D.

646.962.4811
646.962.4811
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Essential, Affinity Health Plan, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Emblem Select Care, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP), Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid], Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare], Medicaid, Medicare, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], Rockefeller University-CoreSource, UHC Compass-HMO, UHC Medicare, United Empire Plan, United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
The Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center

Tanaka J. Dune

MD, FACOG

(646) 962-9600
(646) 962-9600
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Blue Priority Network, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS Pathway X, EBCBS Pathway X Enhanced, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, GHI, Health First, Medicare, NY State Medicaid, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], Oxford Medicare, POMCO, Rockefeller University-CoreSource, United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Center for Female Pelvic Health
Dr. Richard K. Lee, M.D. | Cornell Urology

Richard Lee

M.D., M.B.A.

646.962.4811
646.962.4811
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Essential, Affinity Health Plan, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Emblem Select Care, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP), Medicaid, Medicare, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Medicare], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], Rockefeller University-CoreSource, UHC Compass-HMO, UHC Medicare, United Empire Plan, United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Brady Urologic Health Center

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