Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of Bladder Pain Syndrome

  • Jennifer Yonaitis Fariello
  • Kristene E. Whitmore


The diagnosis of bladder pain syndrome (BPS), a chronic bladder condition in which patients characteristically report symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain/pressure, remains a challenge to many clinicians. Symptom overlap with other disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and gynecological systems may further confound the diagnosis. Despite the absence of a “definitive diagnostic test” and specific biological markers, there are tools available for the clinician to recognize and diagnose these patients. Early diagnosis and treatment initiation are salient in improving the overall physical and mental quality of life of the BPS patient.


Interstitial Cystitis Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Sialic Acid Content Bladder Pain Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Yonaitis Fariello
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kristene E. Whitmore
    • 2
  1. 1.The Pelvic and Sexual Health InstituteDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Urology Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, FPMRSDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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