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How likely is it that IC can cause scarring of the bladder?


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Published At March 3, 2018
Reviewed AtSeptember 9, 2018

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been told that I have IC as a constant urge to urinate and sore bladder. It is believed that an embedded UTI has caused this condition. (I am male). Can you please answer these specifically:

  1. Can IC get worse over time?
  2. How likely is it that IC cause scarring of the bladder?
  3. Will bladder capacity get less and less over time?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  1. Interstitial cystitis course is unpredictable and may get worse and affect sexual functions if untreated.
  2. One of the strongest theories is a leak in the epithelium causing some irritating substances to cause inflammation which may later lead to scarring over time.
  3. Scarring over time causes a decrease in the bladder capacity. UTI is one of the theories.

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Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Internal Medicine

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