Which GI conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Other possible diagnoses to consider include the following:

  • Dysfunctional voiding
  • Vulvodynia
  • Pelvic floor myalgia
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Hernia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gastrointestinal neoplasm
  • Diverticulitis
  • Adhesions from prior surgery

Clinically, the practitioner is somewhat obligated to consider these potential alternative diagnoses prior to diagnosing interstitial cystitis. The implications of a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis are profound in that it is a chronic condition without universally effective therapy.

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