Painful Bladder Syndrome

June 25, 2009
By Matthew Karlovs

The term Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) has become the new “catch-all” diagnosis for women who experience pain with their bladder, and has become interchangeable and/or incorporated with the diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis (IC).

IC is a pain syndrome of the bladder that must fit a tight research definition, as is often considered in women presented with pelvic pain or a painful bladder. PBS, on the other hand, is defined simply as the complaint of suprapubic pain during bladder filling, in addition to other symptoms of urinary urgency (day or night), when other bladder issues (such as infection) and other pelvic issues (endometriosis) have been ruled out. More…