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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – February 2012

What You Need to Know About Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

Format: Booklet, Fact Sheet
Institute: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. You can learn more about IC/PBS through two publications from NIDDK:

  • What I need to know about Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome is an easy-to-read booklet that explains the difference between IC/PBS and other bladder problems. It details the diagnostic procedures that may be used to identify or rule out other bladder problems and arrive at a diagnosis of IC/PBS and discusses treatment options for IC/PBS. A Spanish-language version of this publication is also available, titled Lo que usted debe saber sobre la cistitis intersticial (síndrome de vejiga dolorosa).
  • Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome is a fact sheet that describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of IC/PBS. It defines the two types of IC/PBS, ulcerative and nonulcerative, and provides information about special concerns for patients and current research.

Next Steps

You can read What I need to know about Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome at www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis_ez, Lo que usted debe saber sobre la cistitis intersticial (síndrome de vejiga dolorosa) at www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Spanish/pubs/Interstitialcystitis_EZ, and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome at www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis.

This page last reviewed on August 22, 2012

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