Diagnosis of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome in women with chronic pelvic pain: a prospective observational study

Claudia Cheng, Anna Rosamilia, Martin Healey

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Introduction and hypothesis This study assesses the prevalence of interstitial cystitis (IC)/bladder pain syndrome (BPS) in women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP). Methods This was a prospective study of 150 women undergoing laparoscopy as investigation for CPP in an Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain unit. Preoperative questionnaires [demographic details, pelvic pain symptoms, the Pelvic Pain and Urgency/ Frequency (PUF) and O Leary-Sant (OLS) Symptom and Problem Index scores] were completed, and concurrent standardized cystoscopy with hydrodistention performed at laparoscopy. The primary outcome measures the proportion of IC in this group, defined by presence of glomerulations with CPP and urinary symptoms (urinary frequency, nocturia, urgency). The secondary outcome measures the proportion of BPS [defined by the European Society of the Study of Interstitial Cystitis (ESSIC)]. Results IC was diagnosed in 48/150 (32 ) individuals, and 80/150 (53 ) had BPS. There were no significant differences in symptomatology or questionnaire results between groups with and without IC. Women with BPS had higher PUF (17.2 vs 12.9, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361 - 1366
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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