What we are studying
The purpose of this research study is to gather information about patients with interstitial cystitis and how those patients respond to treatment, specifically bladder distention. This procedure involves an initial inspection of your bladder followed by filling of the bladder with sterile saline for 1 to 2 minutes at a pressure of 80 cm H2O. Although we are not sure why, this procedure often provides relief of symptoms for certain patients. We currently have no way to predict which patients will improve after bladder distention and which patients will have no change in symptoms. We would like to find certain symptoms, demographic information or bladder characteristics that correlate with positive response to bladder distention so that we can predict which patients would most benefit from this therapy and save those who would likely not benefit from a needless procedure.
The information we gather from such a study will be useful in helping us better understand the role of bladder distention in the treatment of interstitial cystitis.