Chronic, often debilitating clinical syndrome of urinary frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain. Symptoms vary with bladder filling.
Typified by periods of remission and exacerbations.
Diagnosis is one of exclusion, and physicians must carefully consider all patients with chronic pelvic pain as potential candidates.
Associated with several other comorbidities, including irritable bowel syndrome and SLE.
Treatment approach is aimed at symptom relief, with minimally invasive options tried before progressing to more complex, invasive therapies.
Many patients experience constant pain for 5 or more years.
Glomerulations: hemorrhages seen after diagnostic cystoscopic hydrodistention
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