Interstitial cystitis is diagnosed and treated by members of the Urology Division of Premier Medical Group. Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. The normal bladder has a natural lining of mucoid proteins, protecting it from the toxins in the urine. With IC, this protective layer is faulty. When this happens, the toxins in urine penetrate the bladder wall, causing pain when you urinate. IC does not respond to antibiotics because it is not a bacterial infection, such as a typical bladder infection. Some patients suffer from intense pain, while others only experience mild discomfort. IC is not curable, but most patients respond to treatment and lifestyle changes.
Until the mid-1980s, IC was not commonly recognized and often misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection. Today, an estimated 500,000 people are diagnosed with IC, and about 90 percent of them are women. People of any age can be affected with IC, although it is rare in children. About two-thirds of patients are in their 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s.
PBS syndrome is seen in the Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Kingston, Rhinebeck and Newburgh locations.