Shining A Light On Interstitial Cystitis & Chronic Pelvic Pain

Fungi (Candida) May Contribute To Bladder Symptoms & Flares

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 1, 2016

2016pressreleaseimage(Santa Rosa, CA) When a patient experiences urinary frequency, urgency, pressure and pain, most care providers assume that a bacterial infection is present. Yet, as millions of interstitial cystitis patients can attest, urine cultures can be consistently negative despite chronic bladder symptoms. A new study by the MAPP Research Network, an NIH funded research effort dedicated to urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome, has discovered yet another potential cause of IC flares – the presence of fungi in urine. Women with flares were 8 times more likely to have fungi (candida and saccharomyces) in their urine.

Jill Osborne MA, President of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, shared “What makes this study unique is that they did not identify significant changes in bacterial populations in our urine. Rather, they identified something we haven’t seen before in a study, the presence of fungi. For the patient who is struggling with a long term flare and unresponsive to therapy, this can point the patient and provider in a new diagnostic and therapeutic direction.”

Another MAPP Research Network study released this Spring also found no significant bacterial variations in the urine of IC patients and controls though bacteria in the gut was substantially different. Certain beneficial bacteria essential to the function of the gut were found to be deficient.

National IC expert Dr. Robert Evans (Wake Forest University, NC) points to the overuse of antibiotics as the likely cause. He said “Because their symptoms are so similar to a UTI, IC patients are often over-treated with antibiotics which can cause both candida overgrowth and the abnormal micro biome in the gut. The take-home message from these studies is that antibiotics should not be used unless a UTI is proven by urine culture. Using antibiotics for symptom flares is just a bad idea.”

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Nickel JC, et al. Assessment of the Lower Urinary Tract Microbiota during Symptom Flare in Women with Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A MAPP Network Study. J Urol. 2016 Feb;195(2):356-62

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