Interstitial Cystitis: A Painful Syndrome

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Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) is a common, painful disease 
of the urinary bladder. Difficult to diagnose and frequently misdiagnosed as another 
common urologic disorder, IC/BPS challenges health care providers to identify it 
early and implement current treatment algorithms that may simplify management 
and improve quality of life for affected patients.



CE/CME No: CR-1307

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

Describe the pathophysiology 
of interstitial cystitis/bladder 
pain syndrome (IC/BPS), as 
it is currently understood.
Discuss urogenital signs and 
symptoms that should prompt suspicion for IC/BPS in a primary care patient.
Explain the clinical diagnosis of 
IC/BPS and key considerations for referral.
Review medical management, nonoperative therapy, and surgical treatment of IC/BPS.

LaToya M. Haynes practices at the Carolinas Pain Institute and the Center for Clinical Research in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and is a preceptor for PA students. Kelly Bilello is a PA at Genitourinary Surgical Consultants in Denver. Jade Breeback practices at Cone Health Primary Care in Kernersville, North Carolina. Jessica Cain is a PA in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Jennifer Wenninger is a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery PA at Bellin Health Care Systems in Green Bay, Wisconsin. M. Jane McDaniel is an Instructor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem.
The authors have no significant financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel; and by the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA) for 1.0 contact hour. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of July 2013.

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