Painful bladder syndrome
Also known as:
Interstitial cystitis, Bladder inflammation
Painful bladder syndrome is a chronic, painful inflammatory condition of the bladder wall characterized by pressure and pain above the pubic area along with increased frequency and urgency of urination. This occurs because of chronic inflammation of the lining of the bladder and swelling of the interior walls of the bladder. Affected individuals urinate frequently with pain even though there is no diagnosed bladder infection.
In a small percentage of cases, people with painful bladder syndrome also have scarring and ulcerations on the membranes that line the bladder. painful bladder syndrome typically affects young and middle-aged women, although men can also have this disorder. The exact cause of painful bladder syndrome is not known.