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Bladder Inflammation

Bladder Inflammation Causes

The exact cause of bladder inflammation is currently not known. However, it is believed to be caused by a combination of autoimmune, infectious, hereditary, and allergic conditions. One theory links the condition to a deformity or malfunction of the protective epithelium of the bladder.

Bladder Inflammation Definition

Bladder inflammation is a condition characterized by inflammation of the bladder which causes chronic pain in the pelvic area.

Bladder Inflammation Diagnosis

Tests used to determine bladder inflammation include: urine tests, potassium sensitivity tests, and cystoscopy. In addition, Current research efforts are geared towards developing noninvasive procedures for a more definite diagnosis of bladder inflammation.

Bladder Inflammation Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of bladder inflammation have fluctuating severity. Affected patients may experience periods of remission. Some of the common signs of bladder inflammation are: pelvic pain during intercourse; suprapubic pain in women or perineal pain in men; a persistent urge to urinate; frequent minor urine leaks throughout the day; and chronic pelvic pain.

Bladder Inflammation Treatment

There is no specific treatment than can definitely cure bladder inflammation. Treatment is mostly focused on managing symptoms. Some oral medications used are: ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal pain medications to relieve discomfort; antidepressants to help relax the bladder; and antihistamines to alleviate some of the symptoms. Other forms of treatment include: nerve stimulation, bladder distention, bladder instillation; and very rarely, surgery to correct damaged portions of the bladder.

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