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What tests might I get to see if I have some condition other than interstitial cystitis?

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These tests can rule out other conditions:

  • Urine tests.
  • Postvoid residual urine volume, which uses ultrasound to measure the amount of urine left in your bladder after you go to the bathroom.
  • Cystoscopy. A thin tube with a camera shows the inside of the bladder and urethra.
  • Bladder and urethra biopsy (usually done during cystoscopy).
  • Bladder stretching, done with cystoscopy.
  • Prostate fluid culture (in men).

From: Interstitial Cystitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Symptoms,” Treatment,” “After Initial Treatment.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis Association: “4 to 12 Million May Have IC.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome fact sheet.”

UpToDate: “Management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Symptoms,” Treatment,” “After Initial Treatment.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis Association: “4 to 12 Million May Have IC.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome fact sheet.”

UpToDate: “Management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 23, 2017

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