Small fiber polyneuropathy as a potential therapeutic target in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
Introduction and hypothesis
Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are frequently co-occurring medical diagnoses in patients referred to the urology clinic for secondary and tertiary treatment options.
Abundant literature has shown that many patients with FM have small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) that can be confirmed via skin punch biopsy and immunological staining to measure nerve density.
Results and conclusions
This finding of SFPN provides a therapeutic target for FM and in this article we hypothesize and provide rationale for the idea that this same phenomenon (SFPN) might explain, in some IC/BPS patients, the finding of widespread pain and likewise provide a therapeutic target for these patients.
KeywordsPolyneuropathy Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome Fibromyalgia
This study was funded by NIH/NIDDK Grant 5R21DK106554-02 (SJW).
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Conflicts of interest
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