Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. Its cause is unknown and so is its cure. Common cystitis is a urinary tract infection caused by bacteria and is usually successfully treated with antibiotics. Unlike common cystitis, Interstitial Cystitis is believed not to be caused by bacteria, and it does not respond to conventional antibiotic therapy. Interstitial Cystitis can affect people of any age, race or sex. According to the RAND epidemiological study released in Spring 2009, an estimated 3 to 6 million women in the USA suffer from symptoms.
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Confident Choices: Nutrition Education for IC Patients
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European Society For the Study of IC - ESSIC
A professional research organization dedicated to interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome in Europe.
International Painful Bladder Foundation
Provides coverage for urological conferences, with research summaries.
Mayo Clinic - Interstitial Cystitis
Offers a concise description of the diagnosis, symptoms, causes, risk factors, therapies and self-help strategies for interstitial cystitis.
WebMD - Interstitial Cystitis
A course for medical professionals seeking to earn continuing medical education credits. Author Eric Rovner MD.
Wikipedia - Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
A comprehensive summary of interstitial cystitis and painful bladder syndrome, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Includes references.