• Painful bladder syndrome and interstitial cystitis

    The diagnosis of interstitial cystitis (IC) and painful bladder syndrome (PBS) is controversial and based primarily on symptoms. As of yet, there is no objective test or marker to establish the presence of the disease, which make it studies to define its incidence difficult to conduct. The term PBS is defined as the complaint of suprapubic pain related to bladder filling, accompanied by other symptoms such as increased daytime and night-time frequency, in the absence of proven urinary infection or other obvious pathology. In the investigation of these disorders, it may be necessary to exclude conditions such as bladder cancer and endometriosis. Specialists at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Continence Center have devised various therapies that have been successful for many of our patients.