Interstitial Cystitis

Overview of IC

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder that causes frequent, urgent, and painful urination with or without pelvic discomfort. The natural lining of the bladder (epithelium) is protected from toxins in the urine by a coating of enzymes (mucopolysaccharides) called the GAG (glycoaminoglycan) layer.

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In IC, this protective layer is defective, allowing toxins to penetrate into the “interstitial layers” of the bladder wall, depolarize the nerve endings located there, and cause severe irritative voiding symptoms and bladder pain.

Unlike inflammation of the bladder caused by bacterial infection (cystitis), which is associated with urinary tract infections (UTI) and usually treated with antibiotics, no infectious agent has been found in IC. Though not curable, IC is treatable and most patients find relief with treatment and lifestyle changes.

Incidence and Prevalence of Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), IC affects about 700,000 people in the United States, 90% of which are women. The average age of onset is 40 years. Although only 25% of cases involve people under age 30, the number of children affected by IC may be greater than commonly believed. IC is often misdiagnosed, and sufferers may see several doctors over the course of years before a diagnosis is made. Increasing awareness of the disease is helping to speed diagnosis and treatment. Increasing numbers of men are being diagnosed with IC who had been previously misdiagnosed with chronic prostatitis.

COVID-19 Updates from Siouxland Urology Associates

Health concerns for patients, staff, and physicians, has created changes in our scheduling of appointments. Appointments that the physicians require direct contact with will continue at our office. We will contact these patients.

Other patients can be seen with Telehealth services. This service allows patients to be seen via an internet connection. The connection will require a camera, which is a common feature on your computer, phone, laptop, or tablet. Please call our office if you would like to make a telehealth appointment at (605) 217-7000

For patients that call for a telehealth appointment, we will verify that your insurance will cover the visit, and then set a time for you to log into https://sxlandurology.doxy.me. Once you are into this website, you will need to select the name of your provider. This will place you in a wait area, where the provider will join you for your session.

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