Instructional Course - Requires Course Pass or Individual Course Ticket, Additional Registration Required
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 American Urological Association guideline which provides a working framework from which to practice. The issue of phenotyping, an important new focus in 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 now and in the future? Next we will get a European perspective that may question some of our assumptions and improve our perspective. Potential future advances in management will also be discussed. The session will conclude with questions and comments from the attendees.