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About 90% of the 700,000 Americans suffering from interstitial cystitis are women. It occurs when the bladders mucus layer doesn't function properly and the potassium in urine starts to damage the internal bladder wall. It causes bladder pain, urge to urinate, frequent urination or pain or pressure in lower stomach. It is often misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection, bladder infection or endometriosis. Medication and diet can ease the condition.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Eyewitness News
About: Interstitial cystitis is a painful bladder condition
Date: 18 June 2004
Source: Eyewitness News
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