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Interstitial Cystitis

Causes of Interstitial Cystitis

The cause or causes of IC are still unknown. We do know that the pain associated with this condition stems from an inflammation of the tissues on the bladder wall. One theory common in the research literature points to a leak in the epithelium of the bladder, allowing penetration by caustic elements in the urine, which affects muscles and nerves in the bladder.

In any event, IC is often misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection; in fact, IC patients go an average of four years between their first symptoms and the correct diagnosis being made.

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