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Diagnosing Interstitial Cystitis

There is currently no one diagnostic test that is specific for Interstitial Cystitis (IC). Your doctor will begin testing for other conditions that cause the same symptoms and come to a diagnosis of IC once other causes are ruled out.

Your doctor will perform a comprehensive physical exam and may order additional testing including:

  • Urine analysis and urine culture.
  • Biopsy – During the bladder biopsy, your doctor will take a small bladder tissue sample for examination.
  • Cystoscopy with bladder distention – Your doctor uses a small instrument called a cystoscope to view the inside of your bladder. Your doctor may also fill the bladder with a liquid or gas to distend it, which provides a clearer view of the bladder walls.

Diagnosing Interstitial Cystitis

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*If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

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