Many of the symptoms of interstitial cystitis are similar to those of bladder infections and or urinary tract cancer. For this very same reason, the exact diagnosis of interstitial cystitis has not yet been discovered.
The initial evaluation of interstitial cystitis is a combined examination including a physical exam and patient history. The patient history helps determine, if anyone from the patient’s family has ever been affected by interstitial cystitis among other important facts. Patient’s habits and normal urinating behaviours are tracked and recorded. The physical examination is carried out to check for tenderness in the pelvic region, and vaginal region in women and scrotum area in men. Negative results for a urinary tract infection and symptoms that last for more than six weeks usually point towards certain existence of interstitial cystitis. Doctors may employ questionnaires and other assessment and record tools to chart certain behaviour for better diagnosis.
For complicated or advanced cases of interstitial cystitis, certain clinical tests are carried out for better diagnosis.
[Read: What is Interstitial Cystitis]
Many patients suffering from interstitial cystitis also suffer from other conditions of chronic pelvic pain and urinary urgencies. Allergies, sensitive skin and irritable bowel syndrome are some of the common overlapping conditions, in which a patient may be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.
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