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Interstitial cystitis: unexplained associations with other chronic disease & pain syndromes

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By Alagiri M, Chottiner S, Ratner V, Slade D, Hanno PM • www.ProHealth.com • May 13, 1997


OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of concomitant disease
in individuals with interstitial cystitis and to compare these
results to the general population.
METHODS: We used a
questionnaire-based study evaluating 12 disease processes and
a survey of interstitial cystitis characteristics. The
population was 2,405 individuals with interstitial cystitis
who responded to the initial survey and an additional 277
individuals who were randomly selected and individually
contacted.
RESULTS: Allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and
sensitive skin were the most common diseases in the
interstitial cystitis population. In comparison to the
general population, individuals with interstitial cystitis
are 100 times more likely to have inflammatory bowel disease
and 30 times more likely to have systemic lupus
erythematosus. In addition, allergies, irritable bowel
syndrome, sensitive skin, and fibromyalgia have an increased
association with interstitial cystitis.
CONCLUSIONS:
Interstitial cystitis has, as yet, an unexplained association
with certain other chronic disease and pain syndromes.




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