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Welcome to the ESSIC website


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It may be necessary to press the F5 key to load the latest page from the ESSIC website instead of your computer's memory.
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ESSIC uses the name bladder pain syndrome (BPS) instead of interstitial cystitis (IC) and/or painful bladder syndrome (PBS): click here for more details.    



ESSIC Annual Meeting 2015
The next ESSIC Annual Meeting 2015 will be held in Rome (Italy) from Thursday 17 September 2015 13:00 hr to Saturday 19 September 2015 13:30 hr.

Organization Secretariat: Defoe, Italy. Click here to go to their website for the programme, registration and call for abstracts.

25 April 2015
NEW with full programme:

click here for a pdf file


Review of the ESSIC Annual Meeting 13-15 June 2014, Philadelphia (USA)
Review of the ESSIC Annual Meeting 2014, 13-15 June, Geary Hall, Hahnemann Hospital, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
by Jane Meijlink, International Painful Bladder Foundation (IPBF). Click here

Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of ESSIC and ICICJ, Kyoto (Japan) 21-23 March 2013
Proceedings of the 3rd International Consultation on Interstitial Cystitis, Japan (ICICJ) and the 
International Society for the Study of Bladder Pain Syndrome (ESSIC) Joint Meeting, held 21–23 March 2013, Kyoto, Japan, have been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Urology, April 2014, Volume 21, Supplement S1 with free access. Click here
Review of the ESSIC Annual Meeting 21-23 March 2013, Kyoto (Japan)
The ESSIC Annual Meeting 2013 was held in Kyoto, Japan, 21-23 March 2013. It was a joint meeting with the Japanese 3rd ICICJ.

Jane Meijlink, chair of the IPBF (International Painful Bladder Foundation) has made an excellent review of the meeting that can be
accessed via the IPBF homepage.

Other information            
Future ESSIC Annual Meetings (preliminary information)
2015: 17-19 September, Rome (Italy)
2016: November: New Delhi (India)
Book on BPS            

Bladder Pain Syndrome
A Guide for Clinicians

Jørgen Nordling, Jean-Jacques Wyndaele, Joop P van de Merwe, Pierre Bouchelouche, Mauro Cervigni, Magnus Fall (Editors.)

2013, 2013, XV, 365 p. 76 illus., 68 in color.

Ebook: € 159,99
Hardcover € 181,85 
ISBN 978-1-4419-6929-3

Click here for the Content of the book


link to Springer            

The Bladder Pain/Interstitial Cystitis Symptom Score (BPIC-SS)
The Bladder Pain/ Interstitial Cystitis Symptom Score (BPIC-SS) is a reliable, valid, and appropriate questionnaire, based on patient-reported symptoms, to select BPS/interstitial cystitis patients for clinical trials.
Copies of the BPIC-SS, including translations, will be available free of charge (see the full paper).
Humphrey L, Arbuckle R, Moldwin R, Nordling J, van de Merwe JP, Meunier J, Crook T, Abraham L.
The bladder pain/interstitial cystitis symptom score: development, validation, and identification of a cut score.
Eur Urol 2012;61:271-9.

Click here for a review copy of the BPIC-SS (for further details: see the ESSIC members page)
or go to the Pfizer Patient-Reported Outcomes webpage


22 March 2011
The American Urological Association (AUA) announced its first guideline for the condition the AUA now refers to as interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS).
Go to the AUA 2011 Guidelines

26 January 2011
Bladder Pain Syndrome. Symptoms, quality of life, treatment intensity, clinical and pathological findings, and their correlations.
PhD thesis 2010 of Benedikte Richter. Faculty of Health Sciences. University of Copenhagen.
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