Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, is more prevalent than previously thought, at least according to research posted on the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
According to the results sampled from a managed care population in the Pacific Northwest, the prevalence of diagnosed IC was as high as 197-per 100,000-women and 41-per 100,000-men. Let’s take a closer look at 13-ways this condition affects patients, and what to do about it…
1. Defining IC
The Interstitial Cystitis Association defines IC as a bladder condition that consists of many symptoms, including pain in the pelvic region.
The source notes there are actually 3-types of IC, including 2-subtypes – ulcerative and non-ulcerative. About 90-percent of IC patients have the latter form, which is characterized by “pinpoint hemorrhages, also known as glomerulations, in the bladder wall,” it adds.