AUAUniversity Podcast Series: Episode No. 57

Summer School: Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome: Current Diagnosis and Management

This course on IC/BPS is designed for the urologist, gynecologist, and advanced practice providers who see these patients and are responsible for their medical care. It is designed to focus on what we know, what we have learned from recent research efforts, how we can best use our knowledge in the care of these patients, and what may be coming in the future. We will discuss definition, nomenclature, epidemiology, possible etiology, and review the latest American Urological Association guideline which provides a working framework from which to practice. The issue of phenotyping, an important new focus on clinical trials, will be highlighted. We will review the major findings of the NIDDK Multidisciplinary Approach to the study of Pelvic Pain (MAPP) which is completing a decade of intensive research on this syndrome. How might this research inform and translate into the clinical arena and help our patients.

Upon completion of the activity, participants will be able to:
1. Recall the AUA guidelines and describe how to apply them to care of their patients.
2. Describe the major findings for the 10-year NIDDK MAPP research effort and its current and potential future impact on patient care.
3. Determine how the syndrome is viewed in Europe and identify new treatments and innovations that may impact care.
4. Define the importance of phenotyping patients to improve outcomes.
5. Recognize the controversy regarding whether Hunner lesions comprise a distinct disease.