Interstitial Cystitis, serving Central Virginia, call 540.825.4557 for a consultation.


Most IC patients have difficulty obtaining a diagnosis. IC is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. To make a proper diagnosis of IC, we recommend:

Take urine cultures to determine if there is a bacterial infection present.

Rule out other diseases and/or conditions that have symptoms resembling IC. These diseases may include bladder cancer, kidney problems, tuberculosis, vaginal infections, sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, radiation cystitis and neurological disorders.

Perform a cystoscopy with hydrodistention under general anesthesia if no infection is present and no other disorder is discovered. If distention under anesthesia is not performed, the diagnosis of IC may be missed. Cystoscopy during a routine office visit may not reveal the characteristic abnormalities of IC and can be painful for those who have IC. It is necessary to distend the bladder under general or regional anesthesia in order to see the pinpoint hemorrhages on the bladder wall that are the hallmark of this disease. A biopsy of the bladder wall may be necessary at this time to rule out other diseases such as bladder cancer and to assist in the diagnosis of IC. IC is not associated with bladder cancer.

Although more and more doctors are gaining awareness of interstitial cystitis (IC), this condition often goes undiagnosed for a long time. And it's not uncommon for someone with IC to see several doctors, over the course of many years, before they are actually diagnosed with the condition. That's why it's important to find a doctor in your area who is familiar with IC.

Because the symptoms of IC can be similar to other conditions, it's possible for it to be mistaken for something else. As a result, sometimes patients who have IC receive inappropriate treatment. Also, because it's possible to have IC in addition to another medical condition, such as endometriosis and IBS, understanding and communicating all of your symptoms to your doctor is important. Your doctor may evaluate you for other conditions, including bladder cancer. As mentioned, IC has many symptoms that are in common with other conditions, such as: Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP), Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), Endometriosis, Overactive Bladder (OAB), and Vulvodynia.

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Contact us at (540) 825-4557