Interstitial Cystitis-Chronic, Common, and Sometimes Complicated to Treat

Cherrilyn F. Richmond, MS, FNP/WHNP-BC



This disorder of painful, frequent voiding disrupts patients' lives. But certain drugs and procedures can relieve the discomfort. Study the information in this article to familiarize yourself with the problem, its diagnosis and treatment, and nursing interventions that will help.

Purpose/Goal: To enhance nurses' ability to care for patients with interstitial cystitis.


1. Describe the pathophysiology of interstitial cystitis (IC).
2. Identify signs, symptoms, and diagnostic tests for IC.
3. Discuss the management of IC.


Cherrilyn F. Richmond, MS, FNP/WHNP-BC, is a women's health nurse practitioner in the Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Department at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

The planners and authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

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Expiration Date: 9/30/2014


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